Mini Storage theft

Authorities are looking into a storage unit theft that recently occurred on Mack Smith Road in Rossville. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

Catoosa County sheriff's detectives are investigating a storage unit burglary in Rossville that has similarities to recent case off Battlefield Parkway in Ringgold.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department, a theft complaint was made on Jan. 29 after a victim learned his storage unit at Mack Smith Mini Storage in Rossville had been burglarized.

The victim told police he was surprised to find that the culprit had even gone so far as to replace the lock on the unit.

"The victim stated he arrived at the unit and observed a lock on the unit not belonging to him," Deputy Marvin Thompson said. "The lock was old and worn, with a gray shoestring tied around it."

The property owner was able to cut the lock off, at which time it was discovered that multiple items had been taken from the unit.

Two flat-screen TVs, a desktop computer, chainsaw, and kitchen table were stolen, reports show.

The details surrounding the lock are similar to a case that occurred a little more than a week earlier at a storage facility on Liberty Lane in front of the Benton Place Campus.

In that case, the burglar(s) likewise brought a replacement lock for the unit following the theft.

Anyone with information about either case, or the stolen property is encourage to contact the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department at 706-935-3061.

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