Authorities: Storage unit break-ins may be linked

LANSING TWP., Mich. (WLNS) – The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office believes two break-ins at two separate storage unit businesses may be linked.

On Tuesday, 6 News told you about a storage unit in Okemos that was ransacked on July 4. Wednesday,  we learned about another storage facility that was broken into that same day.

The owner of Affordable Self Storage said when he remotely checked his cameras by phone on July 4, he discovered four of his 16 cameras were knocked out. When he went to check it out, he found the place had been ransacked.

Witnesses say two different storage units were targeted during the early morning hours of July 4– Simply Self Storage in Okemos and Affordable Self Storage in Lansing Township.

“It appears to be the work of more than one person…a group of subjects,” Sgt. Tim O’Neill said.

“We have about 380 units and 43 were affected,” said Richard Maidlow, owner of Affordable Self Storage.

Maidlow says in the 28 years with the business, he has never had a break-in like this one.

“Immediately I called the Lansing Township Police and they came over right away,” he said. “And then I got on the list and I marked down all of the units and I started calling all of the people.”

Dan Killian, who rents a unit with Affordable Self Storage, said a chainsaw was stolen from him. He found smaller personal items thrown out of the storage space and a his computer two rows away.

“[It] looked like a tornado came through. Garage doors were missing,” he said. “People’s belongings were just scattered everywhere throughout the property.”

All 16 cameras at Affordable Self Storage are now working and the storage units are bolted shut. However, that’s not enough to ease the concern of at least one tenant.

“My whole life’s in there right now, everything I own except for my bed and one of my TVs is in this storage unit,” Killian said.

Investigators say they’re making progress on the break-ins.

“We’re still working on piecing that together, we’re gaining more evidence everyday,” Sgt. O’Neill said.

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