One Arrested in Storage Unit Thefts in Lavonia, Hart Co.

July 1, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Authorities in Hart County have made an arrest in a string of burglaries from storage units in Lavonia, Hart County, and Anderson County, South Carolina.

Hart County Sheriff’s Office investigators have arrested 28-year-old Tasha Marie Franks of Hartwell and are searching for more suspects.

According to Hart County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, the burglaries took place between June 2 and June 14.

Authorities alleged that about eight units were burglarized at the Herring Mini Storage facility on Beacon Light Road in Hart County.

Hart County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Marshall Norton said a break in the case came when he got a tip about similar burglaries in Lavonia.

“We got some information connecting her with a burglary in Lavonia,” said Norton. “We found out that she had a storage unit rented at the mini storage facility. We did a search of her unit and actually found some of the merchandise that had been stolen from the other storage units.”

In Lavonia, Police Chief Bruce Carlisle said Franks allegedly burglarized four storage units at a storage facility on Highway 17 during the same time period.

“All seemed to be the same type of entry that was made in Hart County,” said Carlisle. “It is my understanding that during questioning she (Franks) did admit to the break-ins.”

Norton says Franks avoided suspicion by acting like the owner of the storage unit she was burglarizing.

According to authorities, Franks and her accomplice allegedly swapped out the owner’s lock with one of their own, then would show up later with a truck and clean out the unit.

Norton said Franks allegedly made off with over $10,000 in stolen property that included antiques, tools, garden equipment, and sports equipment.

Much of it has been recovered but Norton said there is more still out there.

“She has gotten rid of a lot of the items from these storage units,” said Norton. “Anybody who has purchased anything from her or who may have been given anything from her should call our office because it is probably stolen property.”

Franks is charged in Lavonia with one count of second-degree burglary.

At last report, she remained in the Hart County Detention Center where she is charged with one count of felony theft by receiving stolen property, seven counts of second degree burglary, and two counts of misdemeanor theft by receiving stolen property.

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