Thieves target Muskogee storage units

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 2/14 5:17 pm Published: 2/14 4:53 pm

MUSKOGEE, Okla. - Thieves are breaking into dozens of storage units around Muskogee and now thousands of dollars’ worth of property is missing.

They don’t have keys and they can’t cut thru a lock, but police in Muskogee said that’s not stopping burglars from breaking into storage units around Muskogee.

Surveillance video shows two people walking up and down a row of storage units around 4:30 Sunday morning.

“It’s not uncommon to occasionally have where a family member gets in a dispute a lock get cut and someone wants to take stuff out,” said one of the victims, Jami Divelbiss.

But Divelbiss told FOX23 that’s not what was going on in this video.

“You know they don’t necessarily do them in a row they don’t do them on one end of the building it’s been hit and miss for us,” she said.

She said the storage facility she owns has been broken into about 25 times in the last few months.

“It’s not a particular unit its several units its hit and miss all over the facilities,” said Divelbiss,

Muskogee police said there have been dozens of break-ins at other storage facilities.

The owners at one self-storage facility told FOX23 they’ve gone as far as changing the type of lock they put on their units, but it hasn’t stopped thieves.

“They are coming back and when they come back and they’re finding that consistently that the locks have been changed or that we’ve put the new style on they are completely tearing up doors,” said ??

Surveillance cameras and police haven’t stopped them either.

“So they’re jumping fences, they are cutting through fences,” said Divelbiss.

Whatever they can to get into a unit. She told FOX23 they’ve stolen things from toilet paper to horse saddles to an antique chest,

But for the most part they are picking and choosing what they steal, they’re taking banking information, personal finance information and they’re taking more stuff that would get them farther.

FOX23 asked Muskogee police if the thieves are targeting specific things.

“That’s something that only probably they know, you know? Maybe they’ve got someone who’s requested specific items or maybe they’re looking for items that are easy to sell easy to pawn,” said Cpl. Michael Mahan with Muskogee police.

Police told FOX23they think it is one group working together.

“It’s a situation where there are some key individuals we’re looking at, but at the same time we’re asking for some public assistance to help us track these people down,” said Mahan.

Police want anyone with information to contact the police department in Muskogee or call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS. There is a $500 reward.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/14/2014 5:28 PM
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My buddy just put all his tools in storage and he thinks that it's safe.
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