FARMINGTON — From lawn mowers to family pictures, Farmington police said a Bloomfield man stole anything and everything from storage units around the county.

“Anything that somebody would put in a storage unit was emptied out,” Farmington police Sgt. Brandon Lane.

Michael Shawn Clayton, 34, was arrested  Sept. 17 for a parole violation after police found more than $10,000 of stolen property at his Bloomfield home, Lane said.

Police started investigating Clayton on Sept. 11 when a person matching his description was caught on a surveillance camera leaving the scene of burglary at Farmington Mini Storage #2, at 1090 Murray Dr., Farmington police Lt. Taft Tracy said in a press release.

It was the fourth burglary at the business since Aug. 25.

Police said they also made contact with Clayton on Sept. 13 at Farmington Mini Storage #1, where he was circling the business and had lock cutters and locks in his vehicle, Lane said.

Police said Clayton would cut the locks off storage units throughout the county and replace the locks with his own. He would return to the units later and empty them, Tracy said.

In the days before his arrest, police found 14 pickup trucks full of stolen property at Clayton’s home.

The property links Clayton to at least 13 burglaries, Lane said.

Police are still trying to find owners for the stolen property.


About 15 victims have been identified so far, Lane said.

“We haven’t put a value on the (stolen) property because people are still claiming property,” Lane said. “It will be in tens of thousands of dollars.”