The Marysville police chief is issuing a warning after dozens of storage facilities were broken into.
Detectives report more than ten thousand dollars worth of personal belongings stolen, and police say there's a common link between the thefts.
10TV spoke with one of the many recent victims. Babette Paulson, and her husband Robert, admit they've hit some tough times.
They thought they put everything that was in their storage unit on Weaver Road for safe keeping.
"It seemed decent. it was the size that we needed," said Paulson.
She says it all changed recently, when she says what started as a great day, turned sour.
"So we're excited. We just got a car, can go for a job now. So, we came to pick it up and the lock is missing. So, we throw up the door and it's just bare in the front and all I could scream is, I'm calling the cops," said Paulson. "They come and took the stereo, the DVD's, the DVD player.. everything that was worth a value that they thought they could make a buck on, they took."
Police say the Paulson's call for help led to the discovery of at least 25 other lockers, in that facility alone, that were burglarized.
"It really wasn't obvious they had been broken into because their locks had been cut off 47 and had been thrown back inside the storage units," said Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden.
Chief Golden says nearly 50 storage lockers across the city were broken into over the past few weeks, with thousands of dollars in items stolen. He says one important item could keep the thieves out: a secure "disk" lock.
"A twelve dollar lock to save eight thousand dollars. When you look at it that way, it's not even a question," said Chief Golden.
Babette Paulson has now invested in one and hopes it protects whatever she, and her family, has left.
Marysville police say they've increased patrol around the storage facilities, as they are searching for the thieves.
Meantime, the chief encourages everyone to spend a few extra dollars for a disk lock, to prevent a larger loss in the future.