“It hurts” | Relatives’ ashes were spilled, military medals damaged in a warehouse break-in, victims say

San Antonio Police said two men were arrested at the scene following a reported break-in at the Otter Self Storage at Loop 410 near Marbach Road.

SAN ANTONIO — Two men are in custody after a burglary at a West Side warehouse.

San Antonio Police say at least 15 units were broken into at Otter Self Storage at Loop 410 near Marbach Road.

Police say they received a call at about 7:20 a.m. Saturday morning at the 2400 block of SW Loop 410.

The appearance of the complex’s security forces, including surveillance cameras and a gate, does not correspond to the intangible reality for Robert Rodriguez. The burglary causes agony for someone who already has wounds.

“It hurts. It hurts more than getting this thing,” Rodriguez said as he pointed to the Purple Heart license plate on the back of his car.

“It hurts more. Because I can take the physical pain, but the emotional pain is tough,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez says his belongings were briefly stored here after a 20-year military career.

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“I had a lot of artifacts, a mention from the President for my resignation from the Marines. Command Medals, Ribbons. Everything got knocked down, scratched and broken, and um, you know, what can I do, man, it was memories,” Rodriguez said.

Many other items were missing or damaged when tenants learned of the incidents.

Lisa Wright says she was at the facility but couldn’t access her belongings, which included family keepsakes.

She says at least 30 units, if not more, have been broken into. SAPD informed KENS 5 that at least 15 had been broken into.

“I cried. Not because of my belongings, but to see a woman on the ground picking up her parents’ ashes from their broken urns,” Wright said.

SAPD says they saw two suspects, followed them and arrested them. Wright thinks other suspects may be out there.

“It’s all gone because some people are just having a hard time with their time, I guess,” Wright said.

On Sunday afternoon, the gates were locked and people could not retrieve their belongings. A sign on a keyboard said renters must contact the office and make an appointment to get their belongings.

“All I can say for people who have lost some important things … Don’t think of it as a downer, but something you can get through and it will only make you stronger,” Rodriguez said.

KENS 5 has attempted to contact property management for comment, but we have received no response. SAPD says their investigation is ongoing.


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Laura Coffey

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