Storage unit burglary

The storage unit burglary occurred at Budget Moving and Storage at 4193 U.S. 41 in Ringgold. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

The Catoosa County Sheriff's Department is dealing with another storage unit burglary, a crime that's becoming more common in the area.

This latest incident took place at Budget Moving and Storage at 4193 U.S. Highway 41 sometime between Aug. 12 and 14, in which more than $1,100 worth of property was stolen.

The owner of the storage unit told deputies he last visited the unit around 2 p.m. on Aug. 12 and then returned to it at 8 a.m. on Aug 14 to find several tools missing.

"The victim stated he found the lock to the storage unit had been cut, but that the lock was missing and the door to the storage unit was left open," Deputy Steven Lewis said.

Owners of Budget Moving and Storage told detectives that the property does have video surveillance and they would try to assist with pulling the footage for the investigation.

Earlier this month, Capt. Chris Lyons described storage unit burglaries as some of the more difficult cases to solve.

"Problems get presented because most of the time items stored in units are things people don't necessarily need everyday, so they don't check on them often," Lyons said.

As far as prevention goes, Lyons said little things like logging serial numbers and having photographs of items can make the difference in cases.

"Photos and serial numbers help tremendously," Lyons said. "Sometimes items have been sold two or three times before people even realize they're missing. Storage building burglaries occur everywhere, it's not just us having a rash of them...it happens all over."

Anyone with information about the theft or the missing property is encouraged to contact detective Richard Pitts at the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department at 706-935-2424.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.