Bossier Sheriff's deputies seek storage unit thieves

Bossier Sheriff's deputies seek storage unit thieves
Published: Sep. 17, 2015 at 7:05 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2016 at 9:33 PM CDT
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Suspect vehicle in storage unit theft (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)
Suspect vehicle in storage unit theft (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)

BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help with identifying two people who reportedly entered a storage unit facility on North Airline Drive and stole more than $1,000 worth of lawn care equipment.

Detectives have released surveillance video that shows a male driver with an unidentified passenger entering the storage unit after keying in a gate code around 3:40 p.m. on Aug. 14.

"That's the interesting thing about criminal activity, they try to blend in. You can see it looked like he tried to cover himself a bit and we couldn't see who the passenger was," said Bill Davis with Bossier Parish Sheriff's office.
It appears the suspect used a working gate code to gain access to the units causing deputies to warn renters about the dangers of choosing predictable codes.

"Pick something that only you can remember, only unique to you," said Davis.

Beyond picking a tough code, one former unit renter says it's better to invest in a good lock.

"It can cost a little more to get a thicker lock, but it's worth it," Gary Wagner says when it comes to protecting valuables it's best to err on the side of caution.

"The more trouble they have getting in it, I think they'll go on to an easier spot, and get into a different storage area than yours."

The pair entered the complex driving a black GMC Envoy with no license plate. Police say the two then proceeded to one storage unit, cut the lock and then went to an adjacent unit and cut that lock.

Detectives say the GMC Envoy either has a hub cap missing from the passenger rear tire or has a spare tire.

Authorities say the thieves didn't appear to steal anything from the second unit, but they returned to the first unit and stole lawn equipment, valued around $1,100.

In June, Bossier police experienced a rash in storage unit break-ins. The crimes are not believed to be connected.

Anyone with information on the identity of the driver or passenger, or anyone who knows who owns the black GMC Envoy, is urged to call Bossier Crime Stoppers at 318-424-4100.

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