SPRING HILL — A Spring Hill man is facing burglary and drug charges after deputies say he stole more than $50,000 worth of collectibles from a storage unit.
On April 9, an individual leasing a storage unit at Public Storage, 4080 Mariner Blvd. in Spring Hill, reported his storage unit was burglarized after someone had cut the lock.
The victim said all of the contents of his storage unit, which included collectibles valued at more than $50,000, were taken.
During a search of the area by Hernando County Sheriff’s Office detectives, a collectible “Spice Girls” doll was found on the ground near a neighboring storage unit rented by Kalen Lane Slaughter. The victim said the doll was part of his collectible set.
Detectives said Slaughter used his personal gate access code several times on the night of the burglary, and that management confirmed he canceled his lease agreement April 10, one day after the burglary.
Deputies said Slaughter also signed a new lease with StoreSmart Self Storage in Spring Hill on April 10.
On May 13, deputies say Slaughter was caught on surveillance video breaking into a commercial vehicle at the storage facility and he removed a battery from the vehicle valued at $140.
The next day, Slaughter was arrested at the storage facility. After searching his storage unit, deputies say they found several of the stolen items from the burglary, and the he was also in possession of 7.1 grams of crystal methamphetamine.
Slaughter was charged with burglary and possession of methamphetamine.
His bond was set at $20,000, but was revoked on previous charges of fleeing a law enforcement officer and two counts of not having a valid driver’s license.