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Police report more storage facility break-ins

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By: Brittany Paris
bparis@klkntv.com

There have been 30 break-ins or break-in attempts in the past two weeks, more than half of all storage unit burglaries in 2012.

The burglars have hit at least five different storage units in Lincoln.

Cindy McDonald, Kiss Self-Storage Co-Owner, said the thieves are looking for specific items.

"Refrigerators, small electronics, computers, things like that," McDonald said.

Police said eight storage units were broken into just this week.

"The 30 we've seen in the last week is almost half of what we saw in all of 2012," Ofc. Katie Flood, Lincoln Police Department, said. "So we do think these thefts are related. It is a sudden increase in these types of crime."

The majority happened in the early morning. Once inside, the suspects either cut the locks off the individual units, or pried the doors open.

At Eagle Nest Storage, the burglar cut locks on storage units and stole a $15,000 motorcycle.

McDonald said she plans on upping security at Kiss Self-Storage. They already have barbed wire on fences, but they're adding more security cameras.

She also has a few tips on how to protect storage units: buy renters insurance, check units at least once a week, and be vigilant. If you see something out of the ordinary, call your unit owner.

"I take it personally," McDonald said. "I try to make sure all my customers feel good, safe, and good with everything. But they're stealing from my customers basically."

Police said there are two suspects, possibly driving a black SUV. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (402) 475-3600.

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