Customers disappointed with management after storage unit break-in

OKEMOS, MI (WLNS) – Witnesses say the Simply Self Storage in Okemos was broken into on the Fourth of July.

More than a dozen units were ransacked and some expensive items were stolen.

6 News Justin Kree spoke to one renter of a unit who wonders why he wasn’t told right away.

“Personal property still scattered outside, in the rain, days after dozens of units were broken into at Simply Self Storage.”

According to witnesses the break in happened on July 4. The company called around to renters two days later, upsetting those who pay money to keep their property protected.

“When they did call us they said this is Simply Self Storage and to give us a call back. They didn’t tell us what happened. We didn’t know if it was a billing issue or the power went out, it could have been anything,” said Bil Moore, rents storage unit.

The thieves cut locks, forced their way into units and stole thousands of dollars in equipment. Bil Moore says he’s out between $10-15,000. Anything that wasn’t stolen was simply left outside for the elements.

“Not only are we robbed once, but we could have been robbed a second time by someone driving by and seeing our stuff or the patrons that have other storage units.”

Simply Self Storage replaced locks to those units vandalized, but they never picked up or covered items left behind.

6 News tried to talk to the property manager about the incident, but he had no comment.

Reporter: “I was wondering if we could get someone to talk to us about that?”
Property Manager: “No.”
Reporter: “You can’t?”
Property Manager: “No.”

There is an opening in a back fence where renters believe the thieves came in, saying it’s been pealed back like a shower curtain. There are only two security cameras by the front entrance.

Moore understands a problem like this can happen, but he says management should have helped more.

“Total lack of caring and lack of empathy on the part of the employees.”

6 News reached out to the district manager for Simply Self Storage, but he has not returned our phone call.

The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office says its detectives are actively working to solve the case.

Anyone with information on the break-in is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 517-483-STOP.

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