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Storage renters camp out at storage to protect their property

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Brenda Swafford and her husband arrived at their storage lease to find thieves had literally left them out in the cold.

"I had a heater," she said. "They took it. It's all gone: all my electronics, my pictures of my daughter."

The Swaffords say they lease four units for $150 a month. Thieves have already emptied out two of those units and they're not the only victims. Someone has been prying open doors, leaving personal items like furniture, mattresses, and even children's toys exposed and ready for thieves.

"The gates are open. The lights have been turned off. (There's) no security. No nothing," she said.

Ethan Boutte, another renter said at least eight other people have also lost property, and he says the landlord hasn't been around.

Fox 26 tracked him and another of his associates down. Turns out there's a bit of confusion over who is actually in charge of the property, but what is clear,according to Fox 26 legal analyst Chris Tritico, is most storage lease agreements. say owners cannot be held responsible for losses or damages. So what's Plan B.

"We've been sleeping in our cars waiting to catch them," Boutte said.

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