Trio Charged in Storage Unit Thefts

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    (L-R) Bennie Jackson, Darren Jackson and David Yates. The three men are accused of stealing items from a south suburban storage facility.

    Three men broke into storage lockers at a south suburban storage facility and stole $6,000 worth of tools, authorities say.

    David Yates, 40, of the 3200 block of Kinne Road in Robbins; Bennie Jackson 26, of the 400 block of East 134th Street in Chicago and Darren Jackson, 24, also of the 400 block of East 134th Street have been charged with one count each of burglary and theft, a release from the Cook County Sheriff's office said.

    Authorities said the trio rented a storage unit in the facility, in the 16100 block of George Brennan Highway in Bremen Township, to get access codes to the building.  Once inside, they cut the locks on 17 storage units and took small items that could easily be sold.

    In one storage locker, owned by a painting company, the men found and took thousands of dollars worth of supplies and tools. They then allegedly sold the goods to someone in a neighboring suburb for $800.

    The storage facility manager saw that the locks of several lockers had been tampered with and immediately suspected the men. When they returned a few days later, she alerted authorities and they were taken in for questioning.

    One of the men admitted to the break-ins, police said.

    Police believe the men may have broken into other local storage facilities and are questioning people they think may be involved.

    The three appeared for bond hearings in Markham July 1. Yates was ordered held on $30,000, as was Bennie Jackson. Bond for Darren Jackson was set at $20,000.

    Their next scheduled court date is July 20.