Family loses all their photos in storage unit break-in



Posted on December 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM

PIERCE COUNTY, WA. - A cluster of storage unit break-ins cost one family many of their belongings. However, the only thing Ryan and Leslie Shubat want back are their family photos.

"I feel violated and betrayed. I feel like a piece of me was taken away," said Leslie.

The couple along with their two-year-old and 10-month-old sons made the trek from Texas to Tacoma so Ryan could relocate for a new job. They decided to put some items in storage while they waited to move into their new place.

"Our belongings were not even there a week," said Ryan.

On Sunday they went to their unit at Safeland Storage, located in the 13000 block of Canyon Road East in Pierce County, and noticed their lock had been replaced.

"We went to management and they said, 'I guess your stuff has been stolen too,'" said Leslie. "We are not the only victims in this situation. We are one of thirteen."

In the Shubat's case, the thieves took everything, leaving just Leslie's wedding dress and two small boxes behind. The only thing the family wants back are their photos.

"I am trying to understand why they would take baby pictures," said Ryan.

Leslie added, "we are crying for help for anyone who can find it in their hearts to turn in any photos of ours that they might find."

The family asked that the photos be returned to the Pierce County Sheriff's Office.

A manager at Safeland Storage said the break-ins were rare for them. He added that they have on-site surveillance and a secure gate.

The storage facility manager said he is working with deputies as the investigation continues.