Security remains priority for local storage units after recent break-ins

Published: Mar. 26, 2019 at 7:47 PM EDT
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Staunton Self-Storage says security is rarely an issue at their facility, but in February, they found themselves the target of several break-ins.

Mike Beebe, site manager for Staunton Self Storage, said they became aware of the break-ins around mid-February. Beebe says a tenant notified them of a break-in, and after viewing surveillance video, they found a few others.

According to court records, John William Hooser was arrested in connection to the break-ins. Search warrants show that Hooser rented units in the facility. The search warrant also says surveillance video shows him breaking into or attempting to break into multiple units.

Beebe says security is very important to them at the storage center. They have over a dozen cameras, a license plate reader, gates and special codes to protect tenant security.

"Again, their items are very important to us, again, safety is our biggest concern for tenants," Beebe said, "and we just think it's really important."

According to court records, Hooser was arrested and will be in Augusta County General District Court in July.

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