ELKO — The Grinch came early this year for one Elko family, when they discovered someone stole Christmas presents and other items out of their storage unit last weekend.
Jill Woten said she has been going in and out of the storage unit at AAA Self Storage on West River Street for the past few weeks moving in items for Christmas. The burglar or burglars entered Woten’s unit and another by drilling out the screws attaching the latch hardware to the wooden shed frame.
Woten has filed a report with the Elko Police Department, and they plan to watch the pawn shops. Her storage unit was not covered by surveillance.
Christmas presents for Woten’s children and grandchild were stolen, along with a Vtech console with six games and controllers, a computer tower, a truck tuning kit and two camp stoves. One of the camp stoves was in a large, green duffel bag, and the other was in a black carrying case. An RCA surround sound entertainment system was also stolen.
“I’m not looking for a hand-out,” Woten said. “But I just want people to know this type of stuff is going on. I always look out for other people; they should do the same.”
Woten said her husband was additionally upset when they learned the contents of their rented storage unit aren’t covered by the storage company’s insurance. The insurance covers the structure, not the contents. Renters are responsible for insuring their own items against damage or theft.
So, Woten is now offering to work Christmas Eve for her co-workers in order for them to be able to have that day with their families and for her to make some extra money to cover the loss of the presents. Of course, that money won’t come in until after the holiday.
“It just makes me so mad that people did this so close to Christmas,” Woten said. “I know people are strapped, but stealing doesn’t really get you anywhere.”
The Elko Police Department urges anyone who sees suspicious activity to report it by calling Elko Central Dispatch at 777-7300. Anyone with information on this incident should call the police station at 777-7310.