MARSHALL — The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary at First Rate Self Storage in Marshall that also resulted in $50,000 in damage to 57 units.
The storage facility, at 7335 U.S. 59 South, was made aware of the burglary Sunday when it was discovered that the units were broken into and the doors damaged.
Owner Edie Henigan said 47 of the 57 units broken into were being rented, with sheriff’s office Lt. Jay Webb confirming that a number of items were stolen from each of the units.
The total number of items taken is unknown, according to Webb, who said a sheriff’s office investigator is working with the owner to track down the renters of the 47 units.
Webb added that investigators believe a burglary of a vehicle next door to the storage business at McClendon Veterinary Services is likely related.
The vehicle burglary also was reported Sunday, when a wallet with cash, a driver’s license and credit cards was stolen from the car. A window was broken on the vehicle to gain access.
Both burglaries likely occurred sometime Saturday evening, according to Webb. Henigan said each of the doors broken into was damaged beyond repair and need to be replaced.
In the meantime, Henigan said the business has staff watching the units 24 hours a day to be sure that the damaged units are protected before the doors and locks can be fixed.
“We are sure to have more staff out there during the day, and someone is there 24/7 right now,” Henigan said.
Webb said surveillance cameras at the storage business revealed two male suspects with flashlights early Saturday afternoon. The sheriff’s office has not yet identified these suspects.
Anyone with information can contact the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 935-8400.