A burglar or burglars broke into multiple units at a downtown Sequim storage facility over the weekend.
Sgt. Mike Hill with Sequim Police Department said that some time between Nov. 16-17, locks on seven storage units were cut at Town Center Storage, 160 S. Sunnyside Ave.
Hill said the break-in likely occurred at night but officers continue to look for evidence/video surveillance.
Police were alerted to the attempted burglaries at 1:09 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.
Dick Sutterlin, a Sequim resident for 50 years and owner of the storage facility next to the Sequim Post Office for 20 years, said it appears the locks were cut with bolt cutters but nothing was stolen.
“As far as we can tell (after talking to tenants), they didn’t take anything,” Sutterlin said.
The storage facility typically opens about 6:30 a.m. each morning and closes at 5:30 p.m. at night, he said.
“We’ve got some strong locks on the gates, so I’m guessing they had to go over the fence,” Sutterlin said. “They probably couldn’t get a pickup truck in there to take anything out.”
All impacted tenants were contacted, and their locks replaced, he said.
“The way I’m looking at it, this isn’t the last time,” Sutterlin said. “I don’t see an end to this.”
On the premise of about 40 storage units, Sutterlin said he found some used needles on the pavement, which he relates to the burglaries.
“This town is going down hill quick with the homeless hanging around on street corners and drug addicts stealing,” he said. “This is no longer the warm retirement town it once was.”
With any tips about the break-in, contact Sequim Police Department at 360-683-7227.