According to Capt. Bill Kennedy, the owner of one RV, located at Renfroe Economy Mini Storage on 5420 Renfroe Road in Talladega, reported it had been broken into.
From there, Kennedy sent Investigator Mike Jones to the crime scene, where Jones discovered an individual or group of individuals had tampered with other RVs in the facility.
“We contacted Barber Properties and had them contact all the customers they had so they could come and check to see if their property had been damaged or broken into,” Jones said.
He said it took a few days to reach some of the property owners who were out of town.
“Right now, the ones that we’ve noticed damage to have been reported,” Jones said. “We haven’t received any more reports.”
The total tally of crimes within the storage facility include two instances of third-degree burglary, two instances of unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle and one instance of theft by deception.
Even more surprising is how investigators believe the perpetrators gained access to the RVs.
“It appears they had the combination (to the facility) or got the combination from somebody,” Kennedy said. “The fence wasn’t cut and none of the locks or chains were cut.”
Among the items stolen were multiple TVs, electronics, household goods, tools, clothing and camping equipment cumulatively worth more than $3,800. Two of the RVs were missing license plates and more than $100 in damage was done to the vehicles and items left inside.
“With the amount of property and types of property taken, they had to have a vehicle (to move it all),” Jones said. There’s a wide variety of possibilities as to how this happened. We’ve got basically a month time frame between the last time people checked on their property and when (the incident) was noticed. We’re asking anyone who may have seen anything unusual to contact us.”
Anyone with information pertaining to these occurrences may contact Kennedy or Jones at 256-761-2141.
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