A lock with a protected shackle can make it harder to access with bolt cutters
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -
Henderson police have arrested two men for breaking into self-storage units and are warning customers to check on their valuables.
Police said they were called to SmartStop Self Storage on Racetrack Road near Boulder Highway on Friday morning. A customer had found the lock cut from their rented storage unit and a number of tools and other items missing.
When police arrived, they saw a man pushing a shopping cart containing a toolbox and bolt cutters.
The man, identified as William French, 21, told police he had broken into a number of storage units along with another man. Police said the men cut the locks, stole items and then put their own locks on the units so they could return to take more items.
Detectives located the second suspect, Steven Grevich, 45, later on Friday at his home in Henderson. Police found items from Friday morning's break-in in his truck. Both suspects were booked into the Henderson Detention Center on charges of possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and possession of methamphetamine.
Henderson detectives believe there are many victims who are unaware that their storage units have been burglarized. Any customer of SmartShop is urged to check their unit immediately. If you find your unit has been broken into, call the Henderson Police Department at (702)-267-4750.
Police also said the suspects rented their own storage unit which they used to house stolen items. Police found comic books, tools, jewelry, electronic equipment, musical instruments and other items in that unit.
"There were literally hundreds of items in that unit," said Henderson police spokesman Keith Paul.
If you rent a storage space it is advised that you routinely check it and fill out an inventory form for all items stored there.
"With the economy the way it is, people are getting desperate and doing illegal things to try and make ends meet," said Eric Harwood, a shop manager at Gene's Locksmith in Las Vegas.
Harwood has heard plenty about storage unit break-ins, adding that many of the old fashioned shackle locks and even disc locks have their downfalls.
"One of the best locks to get for a storage locker would be something like... a protected shackle," he said. "The bolt is a lot heavier. It's hardened steel. It has the recessed key way that makes it harder to pick."
No lock, however, is completely fool-proof and many tenants leave their units for months or years at a time.
Some tenants, like Jonathan Reavy, don't take that chance.
"I wouldn't have something in the storage unit and not go through it," he said. "I check my storage units all the time and make sure everything's safe in there."
Police said customers should also consider using newer generation cylinder locks which are not exposed to bolt cutters.
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