Self-Storage Burglars Caught in the Act, Arrested and Charged

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Police have arrested and preliminarily charged two men in Johnson County, Ind., with breaking into a self-storage facility and stealing property from at least six units.

James B. Sears, 38, and Thomas M. Sears, 35, both of Indianapolis, are being held on an $8,000 bond. The two men face burglary and other charges.

When the owner of Green’s Storage arrived at the facility around 5:30 a.m. Thursday he noticed the chain and padlock on the gate were not his, according to police reports. The self-storage owner used bold cutters to enter the facility and spotted a truck with a trailer near a storage unit.

Upon discovery, the burglars fled the scene. The self-storage owner called 911 to report the break-in. The truck was then stopped by a police officer on the highway and the driver was arrested. A second man was later found and arrested. Police discovered property believed to be from the storage units in the truck’s trailer.

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