Augusta Sheriff's Office Investigates Thefts from Storage Units
Augusta County Sheriff's Office deputies are warning the public, you may be a victim of burglary, and not even know it. The sheriff's office has recovered thousands of items stolen from storage units in central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.
If your approach to a rented storage unit is "fill it and forget it," it might be time to pay it a visit. Investigators believe self-storage facilities in at least 10 different jurisdictions have been carefully and quietly burglarized over the past six months.
The Augusta County Sheriff's Office has recovered roughly 6,000 items stolen from storage units. They include antiques and collectibles, furniture and electronics, jewelry and toys. Deputies recovered them from a unit at Staunton Self-Storage, and an apartment in Waynesboro.
Investigators have at least three suspects in the alleged burglary ring.
Augusta County Investigator Joey Good said, "I don't feel like we're ready to charge anybody yet. We're still in the mode of trying to get this property identified, see how many victims we have, and then we'll proceed further."
A search warrant shows some of the stolen items likely came from facilities in Stuarts Draft and Crimora. But deputies believe the burglars may have struck units as far away as Charlottesville and Harrisonburg.
The burglars would often cut the lock off a storage door, and then replace it with one of their own, so the unit would appear secure at a casual glance.
AUGUSTA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PRESS RELEASE
The Augusta County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation into the theft of items from storage units.
As a result of the investigation, a large number of items have been recovered. Those items include household items, antiques, clothing, power tools and collectibles.
It is believed that these items have been stolen over the past year from various jurisdictions to include Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County, Rockbridge County, Rockingham County, Albemarle County, Crozet and Bridgewater.
If you have been a victim of theft from a storage unit please contact your local law enforcement agency. If you have not checked your storage unit for some time, please do so.
Augusta County residents can contact Investigator Joey Good at 540.245.5333. Again, other victims who are not Augusta County residents are asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.