Video: thieves burglarize 40 Lakeland storage units

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives are trying to identify two burglary suspects who stole from dozens of storage units.

Video shows two brazen suspects cutting a fence and making their way into the Lakeland storage facility.

Around 12:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, the two suspects went onto the property of Socrum Self-Storage which is located at 9010 US Hwy 98 North in Lakeland.

They cut the fence at the rear of the business and burglarized 40 storage units.

Video shows them stealing a large TV. They also stole mountain bikes, a trolling motor and other items.

Bo Bovie was relieved Monday when she checked her storage unit, still full of her late mother’s belongings.

“I was thinking it would be heartbreaking to come here and find out they violated my mother’s memories,” Bovie said.

The crooks couldn’t cut through Bovie’s circular lock.

That’s the first thing detectives recommend; purchase a disc or circular lock, which is more difficult to cut through with bolt cutters.

Other tips to protect your valuables include storing them furthest out of reach, even hidden if possible, taking photographs of what you are storing, and making sure it’s insured.

Detectives recommend picking a storage facility with a good reputation. The facility should have protective fence, surveillance cameras and gate code access.

The suspects appear to be slender, 5’10” to 6’ tall, and were wearing something over their heads and gloves. They appeared to be driving a 2001-2006 dark Chevrolet Avalanche with chrome trim on the wheel wells. They left heading south on US Hwy 98 toward I-4.

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