Authorities in Saline, Mich., have issued a warning to the public about a rash of self-storage larceny at local facilities, particularly at U-Store Self Storage.
The manager of the Industrial Road facility reported the most recent theft between Dec. 30 and 31 after discovering three missing locks in the same aisle. Stolen goods included a television, computer, furniture, kitchenware and a set of collectible figurines, amounting to $3,000 worth of property.
At least five additional thefts have occurred since September. In separate incidents, commercial lawnmowers were stolen at the end of September, and thousands of dollars worth of athletic gear were lifted in November.
After reviewing surveillance video, police said it appears thieves are entering the facilities by tailgating tenants or are requesting access by claiming they’ve forgotten their access codes.
Saline is located 45 miles southwest of Detroit and 11 miles south of Ann Arbor, and has a population of about 8,000.