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Storm victims save sentimental items, now targeted by thieves

NORMAN, Okla.-Looking back on the horrifying tornado that hit Newcastle and Moore on May 20, it is easy to see how some people lost everything.

The ones who were able to salvage anything say those mementos, no matter how small, became precious.

Kristi Jones’ family lost their home in Moore but were able to save two trunks filled with sentimental items.

They rushed to put those items in a storage facility, to protect them while they looked for a new home.

After a series of break-ins at that facility, the family says they have nothing left.

Kristi Jones said, “I think this is just disgusting, to take from people who have nothing left.”

The storage unit that is now empty was once filled with personal items like baby books, family keepsakes and heirlooms.

Jones said, “We cannot replace this stuff. My grandmother is dead, my grandfather is dead, I can’t get that stuff back. My children would like to see those things.”

The facility, just off of 24th and Main in Norman, has no security gates and just four cameras to cover nearly 600 units.

Just one row over from the Jones’ unit, Jeff Phillips says his unit was targeted by thieves too.

Phillips said, “Basically, this is my life.”

He said many valuable items were taken like PlayStation 3s, games and DVDs.

He said, “Everything that I have, I have earned in one way or another. I’m on limited income so everything has to be accounted for three times.”

With both families left with their storage units ransacked, they hope their stories prevent any future break-ins.

NewsChannel 4 reached out to American Self Storage, who declined to comment on camera about the crimes.

However, it said it is cooperating with police and plans to provide security footage to investigators to help identify the people responsible.