WIAT 42 Exclusive: Guns, cash savings stolen from Kimberly tornado victim

(Copyright WIAT 42 News)

MOUNT OLIVE, Ala. (WIAT) — Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a burglary at Mount Olive Mini-Storage that was reported to authorities June 6th.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, locks were cut off several units, but only three victims have reported anything taken. Items taken include firearms, cash and coins.


Many of those items belonged to Mary Farmer and her son William. Mary’s mobile home was severely damaged a tornado that hit Kimberly in April. A blue tarp still hangs across the front-half of Mary’s trailer.

What she didn’t lose in the storm, she placed in a locked storage unit at Mount Olive Mini-Storage.

“I thought it would be safe,” Mary said. “I didn’t know anyone would go in, cut the lock.”

One of the items missing from Mary’s unit — her checkbook.

“They could write a check and take what little money we did have left, which isn’t much after the tornado,” Mary said. “That’s why we’re still struggling. We just don’t have hardly anything left after the tornado.”

William said the owner of the business, Deborah James, should take responsibility for what happened.

“You’ve got to make sure those cameras are working. Do something, put a gate up, something,” William said. “If you’re willing to take on that challenge of running that business and provide a service and tell people it’s going to be provided, then you need to make sure it’s provided.”

Sgt. Jack Self said the owner is fully cooperating with the investigation. James told WIAT 42 she is taking extra security precautions as a result of this incident, including placing locks on every storage unit and upgrading the video surveillance system.

Protective One technicians are working to recover surveillance video from the night of the burglary.

Mary is working the night shift at a local store to try and replace what she lost. She said that could take a while.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-2222.

(Copyright WIAT 42 News 2014)


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