For the second time this year, the mini-storage facility on Cantova Way was hit by thieves. It’s not clear yet how much was taken in the overnight thefts, but one Murietan reports his restoration-project truck was stolen. In the comments, another Murietan reports losing a collectible car.
Neighbor John Quiring said he lost his 1973 Dodge truck, which he was restoring for his teenage daughter. Quiring said the truck’s automatic transmission only goes to second gear, so the truck will make a racket if driven, and the charging alternator isn’t working, so the truck won’t travel far before the battery dies.
The owner says the stolen truck, a 1973 Dodge, can only get into second gear if driven.
Rancho Murieta Security Chief Greg Remson said two vehicles in the storage facility had windows smashed.
“It looked like there were some tools taken,” he said. “There’s a possibility there was a trolling motor taken.” He said the storage business manager is contacting tenants to try to determine what’s missing.
“There were some trailers that had toolboxes on the side ... and there were some tools left on the ground,” Remson said. He added the thieves apparently tried to steal a flatbed trailer, but the owner had wrapped steel cable around the tires and locked it.
Remson said there were no signs of forced entry at the facility, which requires a passcode to enter and exit. He said the thieves concentrated on the vehicles at the facility and didn’t tamper with the storage lockers.
In late January, a utility trailer, boat, and two ATVs were reported stolen from the storage facility.