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Storage break-in creates nightmare for Montana man

Posted at 8:19 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 22:53:46-05

Storage units seem like the ideal place to safely store a person’s things. But for Tim Schober, his worst fears happened.

“I had just picked up my two girls from school, pull up to the storage unit, and there’s no lock on the unit. So, I knew there was something wrong,” Schober said.

And as Schober expected, something was wrong.

“So, I’m opening it up expecting to see just an empty storage unit, but instead everything was just trashed. Everything was just tossed everywhere,” he explained.

Schober quickly noticed things were missing.

“Oscilloscopes, electronics, and radios and speakers. Just all the high dollar stuff. Gone,” he said.

Schober says the worst part about this entire incident is that his daughter was right there when he discovered the break-ins.

“They were with me, and they saw my frustration and my reaction," he said. "When I pulled up and saw that there was no lock, I said, 'Stay right here, something’s wrong. Let me go check it out.' And I open it up, and they could tell how upset I was. When I got back to the car, they were both in tears. They were upset."

Schober says the break-in affects more than just him and his family.

“Some of the stuff that was stolen actually belonged to a nonprofit organization that I belong to. All of my search and rescue gear and my air search and rescue gear — gone. So now, I can’t even provide a service because I have to buy all that stuff back."

And for Shober, this couldn’t have happened at a worse time.

“It was just overwhelming. With just looking for work for several months now and not finding it, having to close down the business, it’s just one more thing. One more cut at the knees,” he said.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office says this was one of several reported break-ins within the last month.

The Schober family set up a GoFundMe to help them out financially after the break-in. For more information or to donate, visit here .