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Man loses life savings after thieves break-in to storage unit

Police say more than two dozen storage units had their locks cut and the thieves took everything inside, leaving one man with his life savings stolen. (WGME)

SCARBOROUGH (WGME) -- Dozens of storage units in Scarborough have fallen victim to thieves.

Everything from furniture to gold has been stolen.

One victim says he lost tens of thousands of dollars.

Police say more than two dozen storage units had their locks cut and the thieves took everything inside, leaving one man with his life savings stolen.

"Everything in that unit was my retirement and now I don't have a retirement,” Jim Quatrano, storage unit burglarized, said.

Quatrano says he's a collector.

"I have stuff that goes back into the 1800's. You can't find that stuff today. No one knows where to find that stuff but I had it. I don't have it anymore, but I had it,” Quatrano said.

He spent more than 30 years sifting through estate sales, finding priceless jewelry and coins, but late last month, it was taken away

"When I walked through that door, when I saw everything that was gone, it was my life. I didn't know what to do,” Quatrano said.

The lock was cut off his and almost 30 other lockers at a facility he moved in to just three weeks earlier.

"It's a secure place. That's what you base it on that it's a secure place but I guess no place is secure today,” Quatrano said.

Police say they believe the thieves cut through a fence to get in and targeted cheap locks.

"Our policy now is that you either buy a clam shell lock or you don't rent from us because you can't cut those,” Ronald Blanchard, owns storage facility, said.

Quatrano says he didn't have the items insured, used a flimsy pad lock and had no record of what was inside.

"I’m going to start over at 59 and trying to do what I did for the past 40 years in the next five or six years,” Quatrano said.

However, he hopes to warn others to protect their possessions better than he did.

"I know changes are. I’m not going to get my stuff back, but maybe this will stop someone else from losing theirs,” Quatrano said.

Scarborough Police say they're still investigating these thefts but are urging anyone with a storage locker to inventory everything to make it easier to find.

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