Police: Over 100 Victims After Storage Facility Break-Ins
A burglar or burglars were able to break into over 100 storage units over the Thanksgiving Holiday and make off with a lot of property stolen from a Germantown storage facility.
Police said that the Public Storage facility at 12423 Middlebrook Road was broken into in the early morning hours of Nov. 23 according to police. “The suspects used an unknown pry tool to force the storage doors open,” according to a police spokesperson. “They forced entry into each unit.”
The police spokesperson said that there were “well over 100 individual victims from this event.” It seems the only units affected were the storage units which can only be accessed from inside the facility. “There were no signs of tampering with any of the exterior storage units,” said the spokesperson. MCPD investigators are unsure how the suspects were able to gain entry into the gated storage facility.
Another such storage facility burglary occurred in Frederick, MD about a month before the Germantown break-ins, according to the Frederick News-Post. Frederick Police reported that the Public Storage lot on Prospect Boulevard in Frederick was the scene of a mass burglary where at least 250 lockers were forced open between 6:00 pm Friday, Oct. 27 and 10:00 am, Oct. 28.
There are about 58,000 self-storage facilities in the United States, according to the website statisticbrain.com. About 9.0 percent of U.S. households currently rent self-storage units. The self-storage industry takes in about $22 billion annually.
Police say the Public Storage facility on Middlebrook Road in Germantown was the site of a commercial burglary on Thanksgiving evening.
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