Longview police said they caught a transient who cut the locks on storage units, stole items inside and then replaced the locks to conceal the crimes.
Jeffrey Daggy, 51, appeared in court Monday on charges including burglary, theft and malicious mischief.
Officers were called to the Red Robin Storage Unites on Laurel Road in Longview on Feb. 2. The owner of the business reported someone had broken into at least three of his units and stolen $2,000 worth of items, including 40 vinyl albums, according to court documents.
The victim identified Daggy as a suspect by checking his personal access code used to enter the storage facility. Police said Daggy came and went 22 times between Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 at all times of the day and night.
In the days that followed, as many as five burglaries were reported in units at Red Robin Storage, with several of the locks cut and replaced by the suspect, according to police.
In January, a woman had reported a similar burglary in her storage unit at another Longview business, Wood and Wood Storage.
Officers said someone cut the lock off her storage unit, stole around $5,100 worth of her property and then put a different lock on the locker to hide the crime.
In this case, the victim said 200 small carousel horse figurines were taken.
The owner of the business also identified Daggy as the suspect to officers. The owner said several customers had units broken into, with the locks cut and then replace with a different lock.
Security cameras caught Daggy leaving the storage facility with large amounts of items at strange times of the night, according to court documents.
The storage facility's owner said he went into Daggy's unit and found a suitcase with another man's name on it. That man was contacted by police who said he didn't know Daggy, and Daggy certainly did not have permission to have his suitcase.
Police obtained a search warrant for Daggy's locker at Red Robin Storage and officers said they found the stolen horses, stolen records and several other items believed to be stolen property.
Daggy, identified as a transient by police, had bail set at $75,000 and is due back in court for a formal arraignment Feb. 26.
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