Storage locker thefts

Thousands of dollars-worth of items in an Amado storage facility including those being collected to stock a new thrift store were reported missing or damaged after a break-in was discovered in late March.

The renter of that unit -- one of seven units struck at the site -- vows the donation-gathering will resume and the shop will still open to help raise funds for Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary.

“All the good stuff’s gone,” said Karen Pomroy, Equine Voices’ board president, bemoaning the headway the organization was making gathering donations for a thrift store its plans to open in late summer across from Wisdom’s Cafe in Tumacacori.

The units at the facility off Nogales Highway were found in a mess early March 31 by an employee, according to a Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Missing items included 500-foot spools of wire, tools, holiday decorations, collector items and at least $6,000 in artwork, the report stated.

One of Equine’s units was “ransacked quite a bit,” said organization staffer Angie Wilson. Missing were a donated entertainment center still in the box, dishes, china and numerous other items, she said.

An antique furnishing valued at $2,000 and other items were reported damaged. Locks on unit doors appeared to have been snipped, and the units searched and left open. The employee found items scattered out in the open.

“This is a shock to our little community,” said Wilson, who lives in the area.

Security fencing surrounding the units appeared disturbed, and there were signs a vehicle had backed up to the other side, according to the report. The thefts took place sometime between about 7 p.m. the previous evening and about 6 a.m. Thursday.

“It’s important to spread the word about what happened so people will realize what’s going on,” Pomroy said, hoping that someone comes forward to lead authorities to those responsible. She refers to them in plural, as she can’t figure out how only one person could have hoisted so many items over the eight-foot fence.

“We will rebuild,” she said.

It’ll just take time to restock inventory to help keep the new shop going. Her plan is to use proceeds from boutique sales to help support the organization’s mission of saving Premarin mares and foals and other equines from neglect, abuse and slaughter, Pomroy said, noting it costs around $40,000 a month to run the non-profit.

The community has been a godsend in keeping it going, she and Wilson said. As people have heard about the coming thrift store, they’ve been contributing.

Pomroy said she plans to name the shop after Gulliver, Equine’s beloved mascot, who was headed for slaughter after his owner lost a pharmaceutical company contract. He was salvaged with three other horses, all of whom were brought to Arizona.

After opening the shop, Pomroy said she envisions partnering with other animal-oriented organizations with activities such as featuring pet-adoption days.

“We couldn’t run this organizations without the community,” she said. “We will make it happen.”

Donations continue to arrive, Wilson said. Potential contributors can email or call 520-398-2814 during weekday business hours.

Since the storage facility thefts, the units have been resecured. Evidence was collected from the theft scene and surroundings, and case is under investigation, said a PCSD detective. As of Friday, no new reports of missing items had surfaced. Anyone with information that could be helpful can report it by calling 88-CRIME (882-7463).

Kitty Bottemiller 547-9732

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