Caught on Camera: Thieves break into storage units in Polk Co.

Posted at 11:26 PM, Feb 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-03 23:26:19-05

Deputies are searching for two thieves who broke into 40 storage units, Friday morning.

A surveillance camera caught the crooks going into and leaving Socrum Self-Storage, located at 9010 US Hwy 98 N in Lakeland, with merchandise, including a TV. 

Deputies say the suspects cut a hole through the fence to get into the property. They believe the suspects left in a dark 2001-2006 Chevrolet Avalanche.

"Get a job. You don't know who you're stealing from or what. I'm just….it frustrates me that people have no respect for anybody's…anybody's….there's no ethic(s) anymore for anything," Kim Perkins said.

Perkins said two bikes were stolen from the storage unit she shares with her boyfriend, Lee Smith.

Smith noticed the burglary around 8:30 Friday morning, when he stopped by his storage unit.

"I pulled in the lot and I (saw) the big hole in the fence. I didn't think much of it," he said.

He didn't think much about the hole in the fence until he saw the lock from his storage was missing.

"I'm really grateful that it was just two bikes. I mean it could have been personal things that aren't replaceable," Perkins said.

If anyone has any information, they should call the Polk County Sheriff's Office.