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AK-47 rifle among items stolen from Tampa storage facility

Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: December 19, 2013 at 02:58 PM

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TAMPA - The level of concern from Tampa police surrounding the burglary of 77 units in a storage facility last week rose Thursday when detectives discovered that an AK-47 assault rifle and 100 rounds of live ammunition were among the stolen items.

“This type of weapon can be very dangerous in the wrong hands,” said police spokesman Andrea Davis.

The burglary happened just before dawn on Dec. 12, police said, at the Hillsborough Self Storage, 3413 W. Hillsborough Ave.

She said the facility used two types of locks, disc lock sand padlocks and the thieves used bolt cutters on all the padlocks to get into the units. The disc locks proved too difficult to break open, she said.

“They went rifling through those units looking for things of value,” Davis said. “People are still doing inventory and one person had all of her personal information stolen, PINs and bank account numbers.”

A surveillance video released this week showed two men breaking into the facility.

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