Yukon Man Arrested After String Of Storage Unit Burglaries, Police Now Returning Stolen Items

Tuesday, July 20th 2021, 10:33 pm

YUKON, Oklahoma -

A Yukon man is in custody in connection with dozens of storage unit break-ins in the Yukon area since early June. 

Oklahoma City police arrested Joseph Tucker around 4:20 a.m. Monday at a storage unit facility on North Mustang Road. 

A security guard found Tucker inside of a unit after he allegedly bent the bottom of the roll-up doors. The guard held Tucker at gun point using a pepper ball gun until an officer arrived. 

According to an arrest report, Tucker told the officer he only broke into the one unit, and “was homeless and was just looking for food.” There were nine other units with damaged doors similar to the one where Tucker was found, Officer Justin Walters wrote. 

Yukon Police Maj. John Brown said Tucker was connected through security footage to several other storage unit break-ins at three Yukon businesses between June 9 and July 10.

In total, nearly 70 storage units were broken into.

"We’ve had over 67 actual storage units that were damaged," Brown said.

One of the businesses reported to police more than $30,000 in damage from the burglaries. Damage totals from the other businesses have not yet been sent to police, he said. 

“We’re still waiting on those estimates so the price tag could double or triple from $30,000,” Brown said. 

Officers took Tucker into custody on 11 felony charges including second-degree burglary, according to the arrest report. 

Yukon officers obtained information that Tucker was staying at a motel with a woman, where they later found a collection of stolen items, Brown said. 

“We have everything from jewelry to plasticware to custom personalized plates. I even saw a custom lamp that goes on a desk,” Brown said. “If you may have lost some property to a storage theft related to these crimes, then we ask that you reach out to us.” 

Yukon police are asking owners to submit claims to receive their items. Contact Det. Dave Carroll at the YPD at 405-350-5505.