Police have arrested two men in connection with a break-in that occurred on Christmas day at an Armona, Calif., self-storage facility. Pablo Chavez, 47, and Robert Herrera, 33, face two felony counts each for burglary and possession of stolen property, according to the source.
Officers with the Kings County Sheriff’s Office were called to Armona Mini Storage on Dec. 26 after a tenant discovered a different lock on his storage unit at 10739 14th Ave. The customer claimed items worth $1,300 had been stolen, the source stated. While on site investigating the crime, deputies were approached by a second victim who said $5,000 worth of property had been stolen from his own unit.
The facility’s security-video footage showed a white Ford Excursion with Marine Corps stickers on the back window entering the facility on Christmas day. Authorities later spotted the vehicle parked at a nearby residence. When deputies looked inside, they discovered Halloween masks and a broken lock similar to the one the first victim had used on his unit door, the source reported. Upon speaking with the Chavez and Herrera, officers discovered most of the stolen property. The victims also identified the property as theirs.
The thieves are being held at Kings County Jail on $25,000 bond each.
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