Burglary suspect arrested after nearly 100 storage units targeted

Published: May. 14, 2018 at 3:19 PM CDT|Updated: May. 14, 2018 at 4:09 PM CDT
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ALEXANDER CITY, AL (WSFA) - Alexander City police say a 36-year old man believed to be responsible for up to 100 storage unit burglaries in multiple cities has been arrested.

Mark Anthony Oldham is said to have started a month-long crime spree burglarizing dozens of storage units in Alex City, Prattville, Wetumpka and Walker County.

It's not clear why the storage units were targeted, but the game ended when luck fell in the hands of Alex City police.

During a recent break-in, detectives found a receipt near one of the units on Highway 280 East in Alex City. That receipt showed Oldham made a recent purchase at a Walmart in Etowah County. Police used the retailer's surveillance video to identify Oldham.

Oldham is currently in the Etowah County Jail. If and when he makes bond, he'll be turned over to Alex City police.

George "Stick" McDaniel, who owns the property, is pleased Oldham is behind bars.

"I hate it for my customers because it would kind of like someone breaking into their home. The police did a good job," said McDaniel.

Alex City police say the crimes are not only unusual, but so is the effort Oldham allegedly put into his criminal activity, when there are no reports of any storage units broken into in his hometown of Attalla. Alex City police investigator Drew Machen said Oldman will eventually face a number of burglary charges, and even one conviction could put him behind bars for up to ten years.

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