HENDERSON, Nev. -- Two men were arrested in connection with a series of burglaries at self storage units, but many others could also be victims without realizing it yet.
Henderson Police were called to SmartStop Self Storage on Racetrack Road near Boulder Highway Friday morning after someone found the lock cut from the rented storage unit and tools and other equipment missing. While at the storage facility, the officer noticed a man pushing a shopping cart that had a toolbox and bolt cutters.
After speaking with the officer, the man, later identified as William J. French, 21, said he broke into many storage units with another person.
Detectives were taken to 18 storage units that had been broken into. The suspects would cut the locks, take some items and put their own lock on the unit so they could come back and take other items.
Detectives located the second suspect, Steven R. Grevich, 45, Friday afternoon at his Henderson home where items from the break-in Friday morning were still in his truck.
Both Grevich and French were booked into the Henderson Detention Center on possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and possession of methamphetamine
Detectives believe many victims may be unaware that their storage units have been broken into. Anyone who has a unit at the SmartStop Self Storage should check to see if their lock is still on the unit and if any items have been taken.
The suspects in this series of burglaries also rented a unit at the storage facility and stored the stolen items in that unit. When Henderson Police entered the unit they immediately saw two boxes of comic books that had been reported stolen along with various items such as tools, jewelry, electronic equipment, musical instruments and other items.
Detectives also encourage anyone with a self storage unit to periodically check the unit and fill out an inventory form for all the items in their storage unit.
This will assist police in the investigation in the event of a burglary and also making returning recovered stolen property easier. Customers may also consider using newer generation cylinder locks which have no exposed hasp to be cut by a bolt cutter.
Anyone with information in this case, or finds that their unit has been broken into, is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at (702) 267-4750 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com