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Storage units broken into in Cape Coral, valuable items stolen

Posted at 12:24 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 00:31:54-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Police are trying to find who broke into two storage units in Cape Coral last week.

According to an incident report, thousands of dollars’ worth of valuable items were stolen.

The burglaries happened at CubeSmart Self Storage at 337 Pine Island Road.

The victims said their furniture, clothes, electronics and other expensive items were stolen from inside their storage unit but the items they are most upset about are the ones that are irreplaceable.

“Whenever I saw everything was gone, I started crying,” said Faith Flannery. “I dropped to the floor and grabbed my chest.”

Flannery said she’s left with almost nothing now after someone broke into her storage unit at CubeSmart.

“I can’t believe someone stole everything that I own. Everything was gone and if it wasn’t gone, it was damaged or broken,” said Flannery.

She said the worst part was the priceless items she kept for her daughter were also stolen.

“My daughters baby books, her baby bracelet, the outfit she was wearing when she was born, photo albums of her and the video of her being born,” Flannery said.

Natalie Padilla said her storage unit was also robbed at CubeSmart last week.

“She stole my memories and it’s beyond upsetting,” said Natalie Padilla.

Both women bought insurance but said it only covers either half or a quarter amount of the stolen items.

“She took over $10,000 worth of belongings, including my wedding dress,” said Padilla.

They both chose CubeSmart because it’s gated, there’s video surveillance out front and you need a code to get in.

“I would have never stored here if I had any idea someone was going to steal from me,” said Flannery.

“And I thought my stuff would be safe here. It’s Cape Coral,” said Padilla.

According to Padilla’s incident report, the business said surveillance video caught a couple trespassing after hours and leaving with a U-Haul last week.

In the report, an employee at CubeSmart said that the couple was also renting out a storage unit there.

“You know you don’t think things like this are going to happen, but you have no idea who’s literally renting next to you,” said Padilla.

As this time, there are no named suspects.

Right now, Cape Coral police are still investigating both cases.

Incident reports said police dusted for fingerprints and sent them to forensics.

Both women said they had pad locks on their units and believe the perps picked the locks to get in.

Experts suggest buying disc locks to prevent something like this from happening to you.

Both women said they are going to press charges once whoever is responsible is caught.

There are about a dozen CubeSmart storage locations in Southwest Florida.

It’s a nationwide company. Fox 4 reached out to their corporate office in Pennsylvania a couple times Monday to get more information, but no one answered.