A self-storage tenant caught a thief on Sunday stealing items from the tenant’s unit at Cordele Mini Storage in Cordele, Ga. When the victim arrived at the property at 215 7th St., he discovered the lock was missing from his unit door. After purchasing a new one from a nearby store, he returned to find an unknown man exiting the space. He also saw several of his own belongings in the back of the man’s pickup truck, according to Cordele Police Lieutenant Carrie Lull.
Investigators quickly identified the alleged burglar after he fled the scene based on the victim’s description. "He was able to tell us it was a white male, that he had brown hair, that he had brown beard, [and the] make and model to include tag number of vehicle," Lull said.
Police arrested Scott Sprague, who passed the storage facility every day on his way to and from work, the source reported. A search warrant of his home turned up more than $7,000 worth of stolen property, all believed to be taken from Cordele Mini Storage. Marijuana, MDMA (known on the market as Ecstasy or Molly) and prescription drugs were also discovered. Sprague has been charged with two counts of burglary and several counts of possession of drugs with intent to distribute.
Although police have identified and returned $2,000 worth of stolen property, they’re encouraging tenants of the self-storage facility to check their units and follow up with police if anything is missing, the source reported.