Busy thief breaks into 71 storage units at St. Pete facility

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) Detectives continue to search for the burglar or burglars who broke into 71 storage units at Life Storage early Sunday morning.

Customers rushed to the location on 94th Avenue North to check on their belongings Monday after hearing about the break-ins.

“We got a message on our phone, we weren’t home and it just said that our unit was one of the ones broken into,” said Vince Bickhart.

Fortunately for Bickhart, nothing was stolen.

“Nothing was taken, strange,” he said. “They didn’t cut the lock or anything, but they bent the door a little bit and the latch was bent open”

Not everyone was so lucky.

Police tell us each unit broken into was located in an outdoor hallway.

Detectives released video of a man on the property during the time of the burglaries.

“No description, but this person had to pry open a lot of units, I mean they spent some time there,” said St. Petersburg police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez.

Detectives continue to check surveillance for any clues.

“We know there was no video of the actual units, but perhaps in the area,” said Fernandez.

Joe Baez did not get a phone call, but stopped by for peace of mind.

“Things happen, hopefully they’re going to tighten it up a little bit so we’ll be safer going forward, I hope,” Baez said.

Not all of the storage units had items stolen out of them. It’s undetermined what all may have been taken.

Investigators are still waiting to hear from all the victims.

A company rep with Life Storage released the following statement:

“We take security very seriously, and we are working closely with the authorities to catch the individual or individuals who burglarized our customers’ spaces.  A security guard will be on overnight as long as any spaces are unsecured.   Finally, we urge anyone who has any information regarding this incident to contact the police.”

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