MA Self Storage Facility’s Security Alarm Scares Away Would-Be Burglar

Posted on Aug 26 2010 - 10:45pm by Tony Gonzalez

The alarm at Castle Self Storage of 464 Quincy Ave., Braintree, Massachusetts, went off in the middle of the night last Tuesday (August 17). Police say that the alarm appears to have been triggered by a would-be burglar. The burglar broke the glass on the front door and then tried to enter two interior units, attempting to pry open their doors with a hammer, but the security alarm scared him away before he could take anything.

Castle’s would-be burglar ran away, but not before video surveillance cameras caught him on film. Deputy Police Chief Russell Jenkins later told reporters that Castle Self Storage’s surveillance film shows a white man, about 30 years old, who is about five feet ten inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. His hair was brown. He was wearing black pants, a green sweatshirt that zipped up the front, and a plain white t-shirt. The camera also caught a glimpse of his face, which showed some facial hair.

Police responding to the alarm found the smashed front door, but were not able to apprehend the burglar. However, nothing had been taken from any self storage units.

Castle Self Storage had closed at 7 p.m. that night.

The night after the Castle Self Storage break-in, a home on Washington Street, in Braintree, was burglarized. In the Washington Street home, which did not have the same security alarms and video surveillance cameras used at Castle Self Storage, the burglar managed to force open a safe in a bedroom closet, and stole several pieces of jewelry that were being stored there. Police hypothesized that the Washington Street break-in had occurred at some time between the hours of 9:50 p.m. and 6 a.m. Police did not say whether they suspected the same man of committing both break-ins.

Sources used:

Aicardi, Robert. “Commercial break investigated in Braintree.” The Braintree Forum. Aug. 19, 2010.

“Braintree Facility.” Castle Self Storage.

“Police investigate break-in at Braintree, Mass., self-storage facility.” Inside Self-Storage. Aug. 19, 2010.

Seltz, Johanna. “Police investigating two break-ins.” The Boston Globe.  Aug. 23, 2010.