Victims of storage unit break-ins may reclaim property

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SAN MARCOS, Calif. — People who have lost possessions to break-ins at North County public storage complexes in recent months may be able to reclaim their property, authorities advised Tuesday.

The San Marcos Sheriff’s Station is working to reunite victims of burglaries with their valuables by providing an online display of the stolen items, which include artwork, toys, tools, china, jewelry, clothing, furniture, collectibles, electronics and household goods.

Over an eight-month period beginning last December, thieves targeted about 50 storage units in Cardiff, Escondido, San Marcos and Vista, officials said.

In August, two suspects in the theft spree were arrested after allegedly being caught looting a storage-shed facility in San Marcos. The pair — Jeffrey Jacob Kitfield, 38, and 33-year-old Johannah Lynne Rowland — were arrested and charged with grand theft, burglary and possession of a stolen trailer. They are scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 20.

Authorities have returned much of the stolen property to the rightful owners. Any others who have not yet been contacted by investigators were asked to visit the special sheriff’s web page at www.sdsheriff.net/storage and fill out a contact form if they see anything belongs to them.

To reclaim possessions, victims must bring a crime report from any law enforcement agency, or be able to prove ownership via a receipt, photograph, insurance form or information such as a serial number.