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North Carolina Self-Storage Owner Arrested on Suspicion of Stealing Tenant Property

Self-storage owner Brandon Michael Gray, 40, faces felony charges after being arrested three times since February for allegedly breaking into rented units and stealing tenants’ stored belongings. Gray owns East Asheville Storage in Swannanoa, North Carolina, and has been charged with eight counts of obtaining property by false pretense, two counts of felony breaking and entering, and two counts of felony larceny, among other charges, according to the source.

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office investigated 55 complaints related to the self-storage business and arrested Gray on Feb. 16, May 3 and May 20. Investigators have issued two separate search warrants on the property at 2175 U.S. Highway 70, according to a post on the sheriff’s office Facebook page.

The warrants state that Gray allegedly obtained property under false pretense at least three times this year. The suspect is accused of renting units and then stealing contents from them. Gray also faces charges for injury to personal property as well as credit card fraud and theft, the source reported.

Gray was released from jail on May 20 after posting a $10,000 secured bond. He waived his right to an attorney, according to the Buncombe County Public Defender’s Office. He’s scheduled to appear in district court on July 15.

Sources:
Citizen Times, Storage Unit Thefts: Owner Arrested After More Than 50 Complaints Against Business
Facebook, Buncombe County Sheriff's Office

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