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Woman Raised In Storage Unit For Over A Decade

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We’ve covered stories here at INeedStorage about uncanny and unique uses for storage units, whether they be past or present. Throughout our time covering news stories about Self-Storage and the plethora of facilities that dot the American landscape, we’ve repeatedly mused about the possibility of individuals or whole families living in a storage unit. While this seems wholly impossible- (where would you go to the bathroom?) one woman named Jodi Jill is claiming that she spent over ten years of her life calling a single 10×20 storage unit home. Not only did Ms. Jill grow up in this storage locker in Loveland, CO, she allegedly shared it with three siblings and her two parents. While Ms. Jill contends that her tale of her storage unit-cum-home is one-hundred percent factual, several skeptics question how a family could live undetected for over a decade in the cramped, dark, dankness of a storage unit. Jill maintains that the facility managers and security knew of her family’s residence in the storage facility, but failed to report it or take action against the family. While one may be reminded of Flowers in the Attic by Jill’s fair hair and complexion combined with the fact that she almost grew up in secret, it is relieving to see Jill living a life of normalcy all these years later. We wish Jill and her family members the best, and hope that whoever wins the Presidential election spend serious time considering the welfare of families, including their shelter.
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Salacious Sex Toy Surplus Stolen from Storage Unit! Culprit Caught!

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Bizarre stories seldom stop flooding out of Florida and this one is no exception. When one thinks of theFlorida Keys images of sun, sand, and an emerald archipelago come to mind… which is why this tale of a truck driver-looking individual (who rocks a seriously creepy grin in his mugshot) stealing a bag of sex toys from his employer’s storage unit is so jarring. We don’t know what it is about storage units that attract the most bone-headed robbers, but they seem to do everything from locking themselves in the units they’ve broken into to storing their stolen goods at the SAME facility they were taken from. Truly, it may be said that storage facilities bring out the worst in America’s absent-minded crooks. The sex toy thief, Mitchell Tice, was sold out by his own girlfriend.. one Ms. Pshantel Scott. Ms. Scott recalls that before Tice was apprehended by police he had come home and “had place a bag of dildos under their bed.” According to Scott, Tice blatantly admitted to her that the bag of sex toys had come from his employer, and more specifically from his locked trailer. The robber, who perhaps could have earned the name ‘Robin Wood’, also stole two laptops and a wig from his employers storage locker. Tice was inevitably arrested, charged with two misdemeanor counts and one count of felony burglary and is being held at county jail until his $4,000 bond can be paid. The most awkward element of this story is the fact that Tice’s employer and his wife, restaurant owners, were just sitting on a treasure trove of sex toys. Where would they sell these toys? Pleasure Parties? Or were they hoarding them in case of a nuclear fallout? We at RentAStorageLocker only hope that the stolen toys that Tice got away with were brand new and not second-hand. This brings up an interesting question about purchasing storage units or anything second hand… at what point does one man’s trash stay one man’s trash? Or will people find value in any old or used object regardless of how intimately said object was employed previously. Maybe we should just chalk this one up to Florida.

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Con Artist Stores $1M+ in Cash in Storage Unit

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Storage units serve so many purposes. Some function as offices in this tough economic climate, others as rec rooms for men who need an escape from their wives & kids, and every now and then the quiet darkness of a storage unit is transformed into a tomb. In this case, a storage unit in Portland, Oregon was used for its namesake purpose: storage. However in this instance the items being stored were $20′s, $50′s and $100 dollar bills amounting to over $1,000,000. The unit was being used as a vault for money procured by one Bobby Thompson, a Navy Veteran and alleged con artist. Authorities claim Thompson procured the million-plus dollars as part of a faux charity operation entitled “U.S. Navy Veterans Association” in Tampa, FL. Not content to merely be a philanderer, Thompson also maintained several stolen identities and their assorted paperwork (including birth certificates). Much evidence of which was located in the same storage unit. Thompson was apprehended in a Boston Bar after a six-month long search by authorities, including the U.S. Marshals Service and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. One of Thompson’s three wallets held a license for one “Alan Lacy”, which quickly led authorities to the storage unit bearing the incriminating evidence as well as the exorbitant amount of cash. The scariest element of the whole story? Bobby Thompson isn’t this criminals real name, and his true identity remains unknown!