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Thieves Steal From Dozens of Storage Units


On Tuesday, Naugatuck Police were searching for some brazen burglars who broke into dozens of storage units and ripped off some pricey possessions.

When Richard Tabaka opened his storage unit, he wasn’t sure if his Harley Davidson would be there. Luckily, his was spared.

“I’m very thankful,” Tabaka said. He rushed over to Bethany-Naugatuck Self Storage when he learned crooks broke the locks on at least 30 garages Sunday afternoon and ripped off the renters.

“It's unbelievable, unbelievable,” he added.

Police said the thieves cut through the security gate to get in and rummaged through the units.

“Sick people, there’s a lot of sick people out there now,” Tabaka explained.

Investigators say the property was empty when the crimes happened. They said a neighbor saw two men break in then they drove off in a black pickup truck with tools and heavy equipment.

“In the end it’s going to be nearly impossible to account for every piece of item,” admitted Jay Pugliese with Naugatuck Police.

Detectives didn’t know exactly what the suspects got away with. They needed to find all the victims to get that answer, but it wasn’t easy.

“The problem is these people rent these storage units, and they rent them for a long period of time so a lot of times their information can change their contact info,” Pugliese explained.

Police wanted everyone with a unit at Bethany-Naugatuck Self Storage to come forward and tell them what was missing. This could help them track down the suspects and make sure they didn’t come back and possibly get away with Tabaka’s prized possession.

“If this thing is taken away from me, I don't know what I would do I really don’t,” Tabaka said.

Naugatuck Police said if you’re a victim, they needed a detailed list of missing items.

According to witnesses, the suspects drove off in a small black pickup truck, either a Chevrolet, or GMC, with newer style New York plates.



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