OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A storage center owner is hoping someone can help identify thieves who broke into his lockers last week. The owner of Double Diamond Storage and Suites says it appears to have been a well planned heist. The thieves cut a chain link fence in the back of the center, which is in a business park near 162nd and Metcalf. Once inside, the crooks disabled a security camera that keeps watch over about half of the storage units. But another camera captured images of two men walking around in blue jeans and blue shirts.
The burglars broke into 11 out of 20 storage units, but only stole a few items worth about $1,500.
"The previous owner had a lot of cars here, car parts and so forth," said David Krause of Double Diamond Storage. "We think they might have been targeting those type of items, which they did not find. There were lockers that opened up that they didn't even go into."
Krause says the storage center actually suffered more in losses than the value of the property taken: a marble cutter, speakers and a couple of statues. That's because the thieves apparently used a grinder to destroy locks and the latching mechanisms on the storage locker doors.
"What we've seen is that they usually target the locks, the locks themselves," said Richard Breshears of the Overland Park police. "If you don't have a high quality lock, they sometimes target cheaper locks and bust them off and look in that unit, whether there is anything in that storage unit or not."
During the crime one of the thieves may have cut themselves, because police recovered blood from the crime scene. They also found fingerprints, and a footprint. If you can help detectives identify who's responsible for the break-ins call the Overland Park police or the TIPS hotline.