The City of Early Police Department is currently investigating a rash of break-ins at local storage facilities, according to David Mercer, who serves as City of Early police chief.

Mercer told the Brownwood Bulletin in an exclusive telephone interview on Thursday afternoon that his department is working with owners of the storage facilities in tracking down those who rent units to ascertain what items were stolen and when.

“One of the owners of the storage building had noticed some units’ locks were cut,” Mercer said. “They started calling their renters, and they reported it to us. We also noticed some cut locks on another set of storage buildings on the other side of town.”

Mercer said the owners of the storage facilities have tracked down some of the renters, but are working diligently to contact more.

“They are still trying to get to the renters back in touch with us,” Mercer said. “We think the crimes have happened in the past week.”

Mercer said some of the missing property includes furniture and household items.

“Some of the other units haven’t been inventoried yet to see what is missing,” Mercer said.

Early PD recommend that anyone who has a storage rental unit in Early check it in order “to make sure it is OK.” Anyone who notices their unit was broken into is asked to contact the police department at 325-646-5322.

“We are looking for anybody who might have seen anything to call us. Or, if anyone has any information to call us,” Mercer said.

Early PD recommend anyone who has a storage unit use the round, circular locks rather than the traditional locks that feature posts, which are easy for burglars to cut.

Brent Addleman is managing editor of the Brownwood Bulletin. He can be reached by calling 325-641-3110, or email Twitter: @BWD_Editor.