You put your stuff in storage, lock it up and think it's safe and sound, but several units have been busted into at a Chandler facility, according to police.
Tim Nelton said his unit was one of the five broken into and things like his Hot Wheels, action figures and comic books that he has been collecting since 1993 were taken.
"I sold this car for $2,000," he said while showing us some of his Hot Wheels collection.
He has so many of them that he installed shelving in his garage especially for them all. When you walk in, you can see rows and rows of boxes perfectly organized and labeled with the different collectibles inside.
Nelton has also been storing a big part of his collection inside a 10-by-15 unit at the U-Haul Climate Controlled Self-Storage Facility and Moving Supplies in Chandler near Chandler Boulevard and Kyrene Road for approximately two years.
Until now, he never had any problems. But the day after Christmas he got a holiday surprise he was not expecting. He said the unit had been ransacked.
"What I paid for was probably well over $30,000," said Nelton.
He's not only missing thousands of dollars worth of autographed collectibles, but he is missing the pieces that represent many father and son memories.
For example, one comic book he got while he and his son met a prominent comic icon.
"That comic is really important to me for that reason," he said. "It was the first time we got to meet Stan Lee, which is one of the co-creators of Spiderman."
Chandler police said Friday that there were four other similar burglaries reported in December at the same storage facility. Investigators said the units may have been broken into anywhere from the beginning of October to the middle of December.
Nelton said he believes someone busted the lock on his unit door to get inside and Chandler police said there is a crawl space overhead that could also be an access point for crooks to get to more than one unit once inside the indoor facility.
When CBS 5 News went to the U-Haul store Friday, the management on scene would not comment.
"It's still under investigation, so we can't say anything about anything," said the on-site assistant manager.
Nelton had some advice to share to other storage unit renters.
"Check on your unit and do it more than once a month," he said.
Police are searching for who is responsible.
Copyright 2012 KPHO. (Meredith Corporation) All rights reserved.
Can you identify these people? Thousands of unidentified remains are discovered every year across the United States. Just by taking a few minutes to look at these renderings and photos, you could solveMore>>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:48 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:48:10 GMT
Police have evacuated an apartment complex at 1750 Karen Ave., near Bruce Street, following an incident with a homicide suspect. According to Metro police, FBI agents who are part of a fugitive taskMore >
Shots were fired and police evacuated an apartment complex at 1750 Karen Ave., near Bruce Street, on Tuesday evening. More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:56 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:56:49 GMT
A bill that would allow illegal immigrants to receive a driving card has passed the Nevada Senate. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
A bill aimed at making Nevada roads safer passes overwhelmingly in the Senate. Senate Bill 303 would allow driver's privilege cards for illegal immigrants. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis ofMore >
A bill aimed at making Nevada roads safer passes overwhelmingly in the Senate. Senate Bill 303 would allow driver's privilege cards for illegal immigrants.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:09:41 GMT
Metro police said a teen is recovering at University Medical Center after being struck in a hit-and-run incident. Police said that at 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday, the teen was walking on a sidewalk near TropicanaMore >
Metro police said a teen is recovering at University Medical Center after being struck in a hit-and-run incident. More >
Thursday, February 21 2013 3:40 PM EST2013-02-21 20:40:03 GMT
A woman arrested Tuesday was seen engaging in sexual acts with a pit bull while outside in a backyard and in view of neighbors, Las Vegas Metro police said. Metro Wednesday released the report describingMore >
A Las Vegas woman was arrested Tuesday after authorities caught her having sex with a pit bull in her back yard, according to Metro police.More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:48 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:48:21 GMT
Travelers coming from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas said they're arriving with heavy hearts on Tuesday. While many of them are glad to be in Las Vegas, their thoughts are with those back home. "You knowMore >
Travelers coming from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas said they're arriving with heavy hearts on Tuesday. While many of them are glad to be in Las Vegas, their thoughts are with those back home. More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:16:08 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >