Detectives with the Franklin County Sheriff’s office are looking for leads in the theft of about 30 firearms stolen from storage units in the Lonedell area Tuesday, Aug. 8.
According to Sheriff Steve Pelton, detectives determined that the suspects cut a hole in the fence to the Triple H Self Storage on Highway 30 east of Highway FF and then cut the locks to 24 units and stole multiple items. In addition to the guns, there were four bow and arrow sets, 10 flat screen TVs, seven diamond tiaras, clothing and medication taken during the burglary.
Pelton told The Missourian that additional stolen property was recovered about one-quarter of a mile from the business on a flatbed trailer.
It is believed the suspects were on a four-wheeler and that they possibly live in the vicinity.
Pelton explained that tire tracks indicate the suspects had pulled the trailer into a wooded area using a four- wheeler but couldn’t get the trailer out of the area.
He noted that the burglary likely was planned.
“I think so,” Pelton said. “They used a bolt cutter, or some device, and also cut an opening in the fence.”
“We are encouraging anyone in the community to reach out to our office if they have noticed anything suspicious in the past few days,” he added.
According to Pelton, storage units have been targets for the burglary of “quick cash” items, but not the theft of this many guns.
“We have worked some thefts from storage sheds in the county — it is not uncommon,” he said. “But not to this degree with the amount of firearms or property.”
Pelton added that there have not been many recent reports of burglaries in the Lonedell area,
“We look for them to sell, or trade the items,” he commented. “We ask that anyone who sees anything suspicious contact our office and talk to the detective bureau.”
Pelton warned residents to not keep items of great value in storage units.
“If you do rent a storage shed, make sure that high-dollar valuables are not kept there,” he said.
Pelton noted that detectives still are notifying victims of the thefts and that the list of items stolen is expected to grow.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Lya Albert at 636-583-2560, ext. 252.
Callers may remain anonymous if they wish.