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SOUTH-WEST OF MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida company’s storage unit has been broken into and what was stolen is worth a lot of money.
Antique rugs hundreds of years old have disappeared and the owner has suspicions after this shrewd crime.
Farid Khavari said he lost hundreds of thousands of dollars after thieves targeted his storage unit in southwest Miami-Dade.
“We lost around $200,000 to $250,000,” Farid Khavari said.
It happened at A+ Storage on Southwest 137th Avenue near 128th Street.
Khavari said someone was able to walk through the doors, past the elevator keypad, up to the third floor and cut his lock.
“When I got there, I saw there was a big lock, which I had, was missing,” Khavari said.
It’s been replaced with a smaller lock, he said, and the way it’s placed there doesn’t even keep the unit locked.
“It was all loaded with rugs,” Khavari said, pointing to the empty part of the storage unit.
He said many expensive rugs were stolen, including two old ones which he said were worth between $50,000 and $75,000 each.
“There were 15 to 16 other rugs, some of which were $5,000 to $10,000; others $500 to $2,000 and some,” Khavari said.
He also said several large body toning machines and other equipment were also stolen.
“It took like two heavy guys like Hulk Hogan to come and move that, and at least it was a 5-6 hour job,” Khavari said.
He said the storage office staff told him they had some sort of problem with his credit card payments, so on January 7 they went to check and see if they had moved.
That’s when they noticed something had happened.
“There is only one camera, which is towards the entrance, from this other part where the unit is, where our unit was, and it has been saying for two years that we do not use it” , Khavari said.
Khavari said he now plans to take legal action because without cameras the facility isn’t as secure as advertised, and he has a message for anyone considering using storage units. in the future.
“If they’re storing valuables, they should have insurance and make sure every corner has cameras, guards, something,” Khavari said.
7News contacted a staff member at the storage unit. Although she didn’t want to speak on camera, she shared the manager’s contact details and we still haven’t heard back.
Khavari has since filed a police report with Miami-Dade police.
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