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Posted on 08/13/2004 7:30:34 PM PDT by Libloather
FBI Warns Of Possible Terror Link To Storage Units
Ohio Storage Facilities Have Been Alerted
POSTED: 7:39 am EDT August 13, 2004
UPDATED: 9:35 am EDT August 13, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The FBI is taking an interest in public storage facilities across Ohio, NBC 4's Elizabeth Scarborough reported.
Self-storage units have already been searched in Toledo, and alerts have gone out in several cities, including Columbus, Scarborough reported.
Managers of self-storage units in the Columbus area say that in the past two weeks, they've received warnings from several different agencies, including the FBI, to be on the lookout for possible terrorist activity.
Alerts have been issued to at least a dozen facilities that have individual units that can be rented under a contract.
Law enforcement said owners, workers and customers should be on the lookout for storage items like chemicals, pesticides, explosives, ammunition and laboratory materials, such as masks and rubber gloves, textbooks, and manuals, such as those explaining how to fly a plane.
They should also look for large delivery vehicles, containers and equipment.
Owners are being asked to watch for customers who insist on paying in cash or who seem overly concerned about privacy and who visit the facility late at night.
Managers said this is the first time they've been asked to look out for potential terrorist activity in their storage units, and now customers are asking if they should be concerned.
"Maybe I should make sure that I think about that when I'm in my unit," said Tony Houston, who rents a self-storage unit. "Maybe I'll keep my eyes open a little more and make sure my unit is secure."
One customer said he is surprised that terrorists could be so close, but he said it makes sense.
"If you think about it, they're always trying to be creative," Ian McConkey said. "This is the middle of nowhere. It's a good place to store things and do things with no real security cameras."
Terror Database Unveiled
A statewide anti-terror records database will be available to all law enforcement officials in Ohio, according to a new program announced Thursday, NBC 4's David Wayne reported.
The terrorism prevention program will connect Ohio's 970 local law enforcement agencies and allow access between jurisdictions.
The pilot program will start this month, and will include 11 state agencies: the Ohio State Highway Patrol; Columbus, Dublin, Dayton, Franklin, Grandview Heights, Mason, Middletown and Whitehall police departments; and sheriff's offices in Delaware and Warren counties. The complete system will take three to four years to finalize.
Anyone who sees anything suspicious should call the FBI at (614) 224-1183.
Crap,,,I'm moving in about 4 weeks, and just reserved a storage facility in Columbus!,,,
hell they can sleep anywhere, they always are wearing their jammies.
Maybe I should make sure that I think about that when I'm in my unit," said Tony Houston, who rents a self-storage unit. Maybe I'll keep my eyes open a little more too. I bet I'll walk into fewer walls that way
Did you pay cash?
This is a suspicious activity now? I must be on a few watch lists, then.
I have heard that they are often used to cook meth, too. I have one of these places right across the road from me. Seems to be pretty well maintained although it is wide open...no fences or anything. And a mideasterner would stick out around here like a pile of dog crap on the dining room table.
I live in Columbus. There's a self storage place right up the road, and it's within a stonesthrow of the giant Bank One ofices.
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