By: Erica Byfield
McCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - A few months ago we told you about storage unit thefts in McCracken County, and believe it or not, they've started up again.
For an added twist, when we told one man his storage unit had been broken into it was the first he had heard about it. "They tore your desk all to pieces Mary," Michael Wallis yelled to his wife as he looked what was left of his belongs in a storage unit.
Wallis called this the worst way to find out you've been burglarized, the local new station called you up. "You would think the ones who own this would have notified me instead of me hearing it from you."
More than 30 other people with pad locks in the area met the same fate. Deputies with the McCracken County Sheriff's department beefed up patrols in these high theft areas. And are asking for the public help in catching the criminals, "notify us if they see anything strange or see anybody coming in these buildings after hours," said Deputy Dennis Gibson. "Everybody wants something done especially when it happens to them, and you can understand that."
While we were out Tuesday, Gibson spotted a couple of broken rusty locks like the one attached to Michael Wallis' unit. "It's a violation of who we are a lot of stuff belongs to our kids," said Wallis.
If the thrashed boxes and shattered CD cases don't say it enough, Wallis will, "its heart breaking really." He adds next time he'll opt for the disk lock because bolt cutters don't have a chance of breaking through.