Authorities trying to ID owners of property stolen in storage unit burglaries

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Posted on August 2, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 2 at 6:41 PM

Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
Email: arodrigue@wwltv.com | Twitter: @ashleyrwwl

COVINGTON, La. -- When two storage unit facilities in Abita Springs and Slidell were broken into in June, dozens of victims were left wondering if they'd ever see their property again.

 
Woody Glover said, "You feel violated when you find someone else has gotten into your person goods and you feel frustrated that somebody would do that to you."
 
But after New Orleans Police arrested Sherod Champ and tied him to the storage unit burglaries, everything changed.
 
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Capt. George Bonnett said, "A week or so ago, a traffic stop that they had over there really broke the case open and lead us to where we are today."
 
Police say after the main suspect stole the items, he kept some of it at his home, but then spread the rest around to other storage units across the area. A lot of that property has been returned, but there are still hundreds of items left unclaimed. The property includes tools, antiques and electronics, and authorities believe they belong to victims, not only in St. Tammany, but also Hammond, Kenner and Ascension Parish near Baton Rouge.
 
"We want people to come to the website, take a look at the photos, if they recognize some of their property, contact us and we'll try to verify that it’s there and get it back to them," said Bonnett.
 
For those who have already, that original worry has become relief.
 
Glover said, "These binoculars, they're good binoculars, which of course is important, but in particular they were given to me by my son a couple of years ago so they're real special to me. It's not something I ever expected to see again."
 
Authorities do expect more charges and more arrests in the case. To see if any of the property is yours, visit our Links on Four section.

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