A series of break-ins at storage facilities throughout the county has left authorities puzzled and facility owners with little choice but to increase security.
Scotland Mini Storage at 11580 McColl Road was hit twice, with break-ins reported on April 20 and again the next day.
Between Sunday night and Monday morning, three more break-ins ocurred at Butler Mini Storage on North Wilkerson Drive and at Storage Solutions facilities on 620 South Main Street and 305 North King Street.
According to Lt. Marc Godwin of the Laurinburg Police Department, it is a reasonable assumption that the same culprit is to blame for all five break-ins, although there is no conclusive evidence.
No footage of the break-ins were caught on surveillance cameras, according to Godwin, and police have no leads on potential suspects at this time.
Due to the nature of the mini-storage business, it may be some time before a total inventory can be taken and stolen items can be determined. Multiple units were broken into at each location.
“These people that had these units, most of them live somewhere else - all of the owners have to be contacted,” Godwin said.
Timothy Davis, Jr., manager of Storage Solutions, where around 10 individual units were broken into at each location, said that extra precautions will be taken to avoid further break-ins of this kind, such as installing surveillance cameras and hiring a nighttime security guard.
As of yet, no Storage Solutions renters have noticed anything stolen, and Davis said that nothing like this has ever happened there before.
Davis added that unit renters cannot access their storage units after dark, as the gates at Storage Solutions lock automatically at 9 p.m. and unlocking at 7 a.m.
Storage facility owners will be assisted by law enforcement officers in protecting their and their renters’ property.
“With this many hits at several different locations, we’ve tried to set up some temporary solutions,” said Godwin. “We’re working on some more permanent solutions with the owners.”