Suspected storage unit thief arrested
Posted at: 09/20/2012 5:33 PM
| Updated at: 09/20/2012 10:23 PM
By: Liz Lastra, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A Bloomfield man, suspected of breaking into more than a dozen storage units in the Four Corners, has finally been arrested.
Surveillance video shows an SUV entering Farmington Mini Storage with an empty trailer. In the next shot it leaves - full.
Farmington police said Michael Shawn Clayton, 34, was behind the wheel.
According to police, Clayton is linked to more than 13 burglary cases of storage units across San Juan County. One of those storage facilities is where Rena Mae Johnson and her husband, Dean, had their items stolen four months ago.
Though Clayton didn't steal their belongings, they said they know how others must feel.
“So violated you know. Where's the justice?" Dean said.
The Johnson's have since moved their items to a different storage facility but they have some words of wisdom to anyone storing their belongings.
“We didn't have the correct lock on there. It was easy for the person to snap it with a bolt cutter," Dean said.
Police said Clayton also cut the locks off storage units.
More than 14 truckloads of stolen property was removed from Clayton's home last week.
Clayton was arrested for a parole violation in connection with the burglaries, but hasn't been charged for stealing the items since the investigation is ongoing.
People with information about the burglaries contact Farmington Police or San Juan County Crime Stoppers.