Two Men Arrested in 123 Storage Unit Burglaries
Detectives say the pair stole items from more than 100 storage units in Clearwater and Dunedin in the past few weeks.
Two men have been arrested on charges of burglarizing more than 100 storage units in Dunedin and Clearwater in the past few weeks.
Noah Andrew Dutton, 30, and Carlton Strawderman, 28, face charges of grand theft and other offenses after detectives say the pair burglarized units at Dunedin Mini Storage on Main Street and Tropicana Mini Storage on U.S. 19 North in Clearwater, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Dunedin resident Sheila Annel helped lead detectives to the suspects after her antique music box was stolen from Dunedin Mini Storage.
Detectives traced the music box to Dutton, who they say attempted to sell it to a local antiques shop. When detectives pulled him over in a traffic stop, the music box was in his back seat.
Further investigation led detectives to Strawderman's apartment, 3073 Belcher Road in Dunedin, where the following items were recovered, suspected of being stolen:
- Three handguns
- Three flat-screen televisions
- Fishing poles
- Camping equipment
- Spear fishing equipment
- Personal papers
Detectives say that list of recovered items is far from complete, and they aren't yet sure who all of the items belong to. The investigation is ongoing.
If you suspect your property may have been stolen from one of the 123 affected storage units, or if you have information about Dutton and Strawderman, call Detective Jeff Kanehl at 727-582-6948.