ALBANY, GA (WALB) - One man was caught on surveillance video committing the crime. Now, he's charged with burglarizing almost a dozen storage units.
Ezekiel and Pam Bolden drove eight hours from North Carolina, after police called to tell them their storage unit had been broken into.
"We drove all through the night to get here today, to find out what's going on. And what's been stolen from out unit." Ezekiel Bolden said
Surveillance video from July 19th shows a man driving a Honda breaking into their storage unit at the Affordable Mini Storage on U.S.19 South. It was the break law enforcement from Albany and Lee County needed. They'd been investigating dozens of break ins since June.
Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals said "On the surveillance footage we were able to identify somebody from outside information."
Albany Police raided 37 year old Todd Cook's home. They arrested him and recovered a large amount of property stolen from storage units across Albany and Lee County.
Including the Boldens, who didn't even know their unit had been broken into. "Due to him taking the steps of putting his initials and his personal information on the cameras he had, we were able to track him down, and find out they did actually belong to him." APD Detective Tim Harvey said.
The Boldens today checked their unit, to see what's missing. Pam Bolden said "I do feel violated. The world is coming to that. The only thing I can tell people, if you do have a storage, you need to mark your stuff. That's what really saved us a lot."
The investigation continues to see if more people are involved in the storage unit thefts.
Albany Police are still trying to identify the rightful owners of some stolen property. They also warn anyone who bought property from Cook to return it to APD. If you turn it in, there will be no charges.