30 padlocks cut at Basin storage facility
The padlocks to approximately 30 different storage units and trailers at a facility in the Snyderville Basin were cut sometime between April 13 and 15, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
The property manager at the facility contacted dispatch after noticing the locks had been cut, a Sheriff’s Office report states. He told deputies the burglaries happened sometime between Saturday and Monday.
Deputies reached out to the owners of the units and trailers to determine whether any items were stolen, the report states. The owners who have been contacted have not reported any missing items, said Lt. Andrew Wright, with the Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators obtained video surveillance from the facility and an investigation was underway.
It was the second time this month that a storage facility had been burglarized.
Two men had entered 11 separate storage units at a facility near U.S. 40 April 11, proceeding in a similar fashion by cutting the padlocks to some of the units to gain access. Surveillance footage showed them stealing a flat screen TV.
Investigators believe the men jumped the fence surrounding the facility to access the units.
It is unclear if the two incidents are related, Wright said.
“We know that nothing was reported stolen in the most recent incident so we don’t know if someone was cutting locks or trying to steal stuff and got spooked,” he said. “The fact that they are hitting storage units in such a close timeframe, one could assume they are linked. But, we don’t have any specific knowledge that they are right now.”
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