Storage Unit Thieves Strike Again

If you have any information on these thefts, please call Philadelphia Police.

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    Police are on the hunt for thieves who have been targeting storage units throughout the city. NBC10's Denise Nakano has the story. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013)

    Bob Koch owns a tree service and landscaping company in Northeast Philadelphia that he’s worked hard to build up. But he suffered a setback after police say thieves broke into his storage unit at Extra Space Storage on Grant Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia, stealing a half dozen chainsaws worth $4500 in all.

    “I got here, looked at it and just shook my head,” said Koch.

    Dozens of Storage Units Burglarized

    [PHI] Dozens of Storage Units Burglarized
    Not only are police looking for the culprits, they are trying to find victims after dozens of storage units were burglarized in Northeast Philadelphia. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013)

    Koch is not alone. Rob and Patricia Page reported more than a thousand dollars worth of electronics were stolen from their storage unit on Saturday.

    “I think it’s pathetic they can just break into somebody’s things and steal just to make a dollar when I’m out there making an honest living,” said Rob Page.

    The rash of thefts is a growing concern in Northeast Philadelphia and grabbing attention citywide.

    “We’re notifying every public storage facility throughout the city,” said Philadelphia Police Captain Joe Zaffino.

    Just this past week, police say 40 units at Public Storage on Byberry Road were broken into by crooks who cut through fencing near train tracks and used bolt cutters to break through locks.

    Police are warning anyone who owns a storage unit to take precaution, use heavy duty locks and keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

    If you have any information on these thefts, please call Philadelphia Police.