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People accused of living in local storage unit

Posted at 7:23 PM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 22:23:23-05
An east side storage facility is cracking down after more than a dozen people are accused of turning their unit into a residence.
It's been happening at a place called Mini Storage on Swenson and Twain.
13 Action News has uncovered surveillance that supports these claims.
The manager is going after 23 renters he says are either living in their own unit or using them to house other people.
He says he started getting suspicious a few weeks ago and then took a close look at surveillance video that validated everything he was feeling.
Surveillance video shows a man squeezing his way onto the property through a tear in the fence at nearly 1 a.m.
At about 3:15 a.m. that same day, surveillance video shows a woman does the same thing. Surveillance cameras caught another man leaving the property at nearly 5 a.m.
All of these entrances and exits occur outside of normal business hours which are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The tear in the fence has since been repaired.
The manager didn't want to be on camera, but he tells us anyone who is on the property for any amount of time after business hours is seen as someone attempting to reside. His internal investigation pointed to 23 offenders.
The manager says when he went to authorities, they told him he first had to issue cease and desist letters. So that's what he did.
The letter is not an automatic eviction for the people renting the storage units.
It's just a first and final warning that they cannot continue to use them as a residences.