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Man steals enough property to fill a moving van
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Man steals enough property to fill a moving van

LILBURN, Ga. -- Lilburn police have charged a man with stealing a range of items -- everything from electronics to crucifixes -- from units at a storage facility.

Matthew Dean Jones, 50, faces three counts of burglary and one count of firearm possession by a convicted felon. More charges are pending.

Jones is one of two suspects in a rash of burglaries at Extra Space Storage in the 4400 block of Lawrenceville Highway. The on-site property manager called police after noticing that Jones and an associate frequently visited the facility and spent a considerable amount of time there.

Surveillance cameras on the property captured images of Jones entering the facility with an empty flatbed trailer, then leaving with the trailer loaded with items. The video also showed Jones removing the locks on storage units, stealing the contents and then swapping the old locks for new ones.

Jones has a history of stealing items from storage units, according to police.

Investigators served a search warrant on Jones's home in the 700 block of Talemwood Court in Gwinnett County. They found what Lilburn Police Capt. Thomas Bardugon described as "enough stolen property to fill a moving van."

Items recovered include bedroom and dining room furniture; cameras and camera equipment; stereos; guitars; DVDs and flat screen TVs; military uniforms and more.

Police also found a box containing about 60 crucifixes. Bardugon said they belonged to a woman who collected them while traveling the world.

The Lilburn Police Department is working to return all the stolen property to its rightful owners. Extra Space Storage is contacting the owners of the affected units.

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