Local Soldier's Storage Unit Robbed While Serving in Afghanistan

Darrell Cornett was stationed in Afghanistan in January and decided to keep the majority of his belongings in a unit at Faraon Street Mini Storage. Now, many of those belongings are gone.

Posted: Feb 17, 2018 10:50 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2018 5:03 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) St. Joseph native Darrell Cornett has been serving his country for 17 years in the United States Air Force.

Cornett was stationed in Afghanistan in January and decided to keep the majority of his belongings in a unit at Faraon Street Mini Storage. Now, many of those belongings are gone.

"His whole life is in that storage stall because he had nowhere else to put it until he gets back," Cornett's father, Kevin Cornett said.

Kevin Cornett rented out the unit and has been for about seven years. He said this is the first time they've had someone break into the unit since he's used it.

The initial break-in happened overnight Tuesday, but Cornett said someone broke into the unit a second time on Friday.

"I don't personally keep anything in the stall that I wouldn't mind having stolen, but with my son stationed overseas his whole life is in there," Cornett said. "A lot of big ticket items are missing."

Cornett said he's been able to communicate with his son through cell phone and social media to try and identify the missing items, but the process has not been easy.

"I've given him as much information as I can, taking pictures," Cornett said. "Basically, he just texts me back periodically 'did you notice this? Did you notice that there?' Most of its been 'no it's gone."

Cornett posted the incident on social media to a crime watch page on Facebook. On Saturday night, the post had received over 200 shares, and over 150 likes.

"It's just been overwhelming," Cornett said. "They've shared it everywhere, so hopefully if we don't catch these guys this time we make people aware of what's going on and we can get them the next time."

The storage unit does have surveillance cameras, but none are stationed around Cornett's unit. Cornett said he's been working with the St. Joseph Police Department to try and get a suspect.

On Saturday, Cornett said Faraon Street Mini Storage found out about his post on Facebook asking for help finding his son's items and told him to get his stuff out of the unit.

KQ2 reached out to Faraon Street Mini Storage, who said they did not kick Cornett out of the facility, but rather told him they did not have the ability to put up a gate. They said they told Cornett that if he wanted a more secure place with a gate then he would have to find a different location.

The storage facility added that Cornett was welcome to stay at the facility if he decided to.

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