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Thieves Ransack More Than 140 Storage Units In Clarksville

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Thieves broke into more than 140 personal storage units in Clarksville, and the units with government locks are the ones being ransacked.

Police think thieves are looking for expensive military gear stored by Fort Campbell soldiers during deployments to pawn and sell.

The owners of Modern Mini Storage were fed up with the theft happening in broad daylight -- so they installed an $8,500 surveillance system and say it's already paying off.

"We filmed a gentleman going into the unit loading the items in his car and clear video footage if it and the license plate reader was able to read that when he drove out of the lot and within 48 hours they made an arrest," said Ricky Thomas with Modern Mini Storage.

Police traced the crystal clear pictures back 23-year-old Daniel Budelier from Christian County, Kentucky. He was stopped in Clarksville, arrested and charged with theft.

Although police made this recent arrest, they believe there are several groups targeting storage unit facilites.

Police said anyone who uses a storage unit should try to find one with a surveillance system to help deter theft , and also use a round lock that is hard for a criminal to break.

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