Deployed soldier victim of theft

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Detectives are investigating nearly three dozen cases of thefts from storage units in the area.

Several of those cases are in Broken Arrow and one of the victims doesn't even know his stuff is gone.

Greg Goodson has been in the Oklahoma Army National Guard for nearly five years.

The 24-year-old soldier is spending the next year overseas.

"At this point in time he's going to Afghanistan," his mother Susan Thesenvitz said.

Her son put all of his property into a storage unit.

This week, Thesenvitz discovered that it had been broken into.

"Someone has cut the lock and emptied his unit and everything he owns is gone," she said.

Photos, yearbooks, most of his clothes, even check books were taken.

Thesenvitz said the crooks have already cashed one check; she got to the bank before the others cleared.

"They left a couple pairs of shorts and old sleeping bag and the box springs and the mattress to his bed and everything else is gone," Thesenvitz said.

"We have similar instances at two separate mini storage facilities," Broken Arrow Police Major Mark Irwin said.

He said there were several cases from County Line Mini Storage and Key Port Storage.

The crooks replaced the locks with new ones after cutting the old ones off.

"We do believe the suspects in the majority of these cases actually have rented one of the storage units, probably as a rouse to gain entrance into the facility," Major Irwin said.

Thesenvitz is now waiting to hear from her son, who may not know for a while that he's the victim of a crime.

"I just can't imagine after spending a year in a country that's going to be miserable to live in and then you come home and you don't have anything, all your happy memories are gone," she said.

Detectives are in the process of reviewing surveillance video.

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