|By Stu Bykofsky, Philadelphia Daily News|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
It seemed like the responsible thing to do, kind of like putting valuables in a bank safe-deposit box, but it didn't turn out well.
In August, he locked his stuff in a 5-by-15-foot unit he rented at
When he visited the unit
"I thought I was dreaming," he said.
It was more like a nightmare.
He reported the theft to
He was wrong. On
On the job, Kirkland works in environmental services. Off the job, he's a music and movies maven. In addition to the pricey TVs, thieves got more than
The locks he put on the unit were untouched. On closer examination, Kirkland, 56, discovered that although bolts were screwed through the outside of the door, no nuts secured the door on the inside, making the bolts almost worthless. He showed that to me at his unit, along with a nonworking burglar alarm.
Kirkland thinks that the entire door was removed and that he was the victim of an inside job, but he can't prove that. You might say he was screwed.
Kirkland isn't alone.
After filing police reports, Kirkland contacted
Kirkland had tried, but his insurance company refused his claim.
When I called the insurance carrier, Sedgwick, I was told they couldn't speak to me because claims are "confidential," but communications manager
Someone was. Kirkland was told that his policy covered damage, but not theft, even though the policy he showed me says he paid
The policy, I will note, states that the burglary must show "forcible entry," which is not what happened to Kirkland. He had photos showing how the door could have been removed without breaking through it, but the insurance rep he spoke with didn't ask for proof.
It's rotten when a hardworking man does the right thing, locks up his belongings where they should be safe, gets robbed and then gets stiffed by the storage company and the insurance company.
It looks to me as if someone familiar with
He's the victim, but no one cares. Next stop: Take the bums to court?
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