Storage Wars

[Hey, You!] How not to steal someone's locked-up possessions

Bob Aul


Send anonymous thanks, confessions or accusations--changing or deleting the names of the guilty and innocent--to Hey, You! c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill Ave., Ste. 150, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, or e-mail us at

You are the thieving bastards who broke into my storage space in Costa Mesa on May 1. You broke my lock, trashed my unit, stole my possessions—and then hauled them away with my hand truck. You then put your own lock on, presumably because you planned to return and continue raiding my belongings, but you didn't want anyone interfering while you took your fucking time cherry-picking. That's all over for you now. The lock has been changed. Here's what's next for you worthless douchebags: The Costa Mesa Police Department was able to collect an abundance of excellent samples of your fingerprints, DNA and footprints left at the scene. You failed Robbery 101 when CSI found your whole handprints at the scene, and you left more than enough DNA to make an arrest. The police report I filed contains enough material loss to make your crime a felony. When you are arrested, I will press charges for prosecution. I have the time, the means and the support to show up to every one of your court dates to remind you what worthless pieces of pig shit you are for violating my privacy. You are not entitled to help yourself to my possessions; you are despicable turds and will be treated accordingly.

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The Operators of the storage facility may have been in on the theft. 

I had about $40,000 worth of photo lab equipment, and all my negatives & transparencies along with an original Ansel Adams print plus computers & wood working tools. I got behind in the payments, but the manager told me if I make a pmt by the 15th of the month I would be ok. I was there on the 13th with a pmt, he informed my the items were auctioned off the day before... This place is in Westminster, On Beach Blvd sharing the lot with Planned Parenthood.

gregbpc topcommenter

Good job!  Hope they are prosecuted to the fullest extent.

whateveryousay topcommenter

Damn. Which complex?  Extra Storage on Bristol has great security.  Not a sales pitch, I have a unit there.



I am the OP - the robbery occurred at the Public Storage  at 2065 Placentia.  The responding officer from CMPD said that particular PS facility gets hit "3-4 times a month" and confirmed the Yelper who also had his space robbed when the thieves removed the drywall separating his unit and the next.  

Management there gave exactly zero fucks about the robbery and balked when I asked to move units, given the extenuating circumstances.  I will be moving my remaining possessions out to an actual secure space shortly.  


@whateveryousay @ClairesCrazyAuntie  

Thanks very much for the kind words and the tip about Extra Storage - I will check their site out immediately.  My renter's insurance covered some of the items at 100% and others on the replacement costs.  The good people at State Farm ROCKED my claim, BTW. Renter's is always better than the crap insurance PS offers.