Posted: Feb 2, 2011 4:31 PM
Updated: Feb 2, 2011 4:34 PM
TUCSON - A suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with the theft of 191 firearms, rare artwork, knives and other valuables from the self-storage facility where he works.
Tucson Police say they are attempting to locate additional victims in the large-scale burglary operation, which took place at Kolb Road Self-Storage, 2405 S. Kolb Road.
Police say 20-year-old Nathan Andrew Hill, an employee of Kolb Road Self-Storage at the time of the burglaries, has been charged with five counts of Trafficking in Stolen Property, and one count each of Burglary and Theft by Control.
The investigation into the thefts revealed that they were conducted during the time that Hill was an employee, and were done in a manner that "did not leave obvious signs of forced entry or tampering," according to police.
TPD has recovered 50 firearms traced back to the suspect. Of those, owners for 34 have been identified, and 16 have not yet been linked to victims. There are other recovered valuables believed to have been stolen by the suspect, that have not been linked to victims yet.
Tucson Police believe that because the burglaries were committed at a self-storage facility, a number of victims may be unaware that their storage lockers were burglarized.
The Tucson Police Department encourages anyone who was a customer at the Kolb Road Self-Storage between June 2006 and June 2009 to conduct a physical inventory of their property to ensure that no items are missing. If you suspect that you are a victim of a burglary from this location, please contact the Tucson Police Department Burglary Unit at (520) 791-5171 or 911.
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