We’ve heard a lot of stories of people using self storage for things it was not intended. From drug operations to living inside units, we thought we had just about seen it all – until now. Cheating on your spouse inside a self storage unit has now officially become a thing. It was a less than proud moment for Cleveland police chief, Wes Snyder, when evidence of his extramarital affair conducted inside a self storage unit was exposed. The mistress involved is Sharon Marr, the executive director of a local non-profit organization.
Surveillance video at Rhodes Climate Controlled Storage captured the two going to the unit together several times a week for 60 to 90 minutes at a time. The self storage unit that was the site of the illicit affair belonged to MainStreet Cleveland, an organization committed to improving all aspects of the downtown or central business district area in Cleveland.
Employees at the self storage facility began suspecting that the unit was being used inappropriately when they found evidence that suggested it was being occupied during business hours, which is a violation of the rental agreement. Upon further investigation, personal items such as baby wipes, alcohol, a mirror and hairbrush were found inside the unit. The self storage facility handed over all evidence to the relevant authorities and expressed disappointment that the unit was being used in this manner. According to an official statement from Rhodes, the company has a zero-tolerance policy for behavior of that sort and is committed to providing a facility that is clean, safe and secure.
The self storage facility was not the only entity that was offering up a statement with regards to this situation. Both Marr and Snyder expressed regret for their actions. Snyder, who served in the force for over 33 years, stepped down as police chief after the incident occurred. Speaking in a Cleveland Council meeting, both Snyder and Marr apologized for their actions. Snyder, who will not be returning to office as police chief, stated that he made a terrible mistake and is willing to take full responsibility for his actions. Marr also apologized in the same meeting but it is still unclear at this moment whether or not she will be returning to her post as executive director. Snyder submitted a retirement letter, after serving as chief for the past ten years. His retirement will be effective on January 5, 2014.
MainStreet will also be conducting its own investigation into the matter. This investigation will reportedly include a full financial audit conducted by a third party. In the meantime, Capt. David Bishop will serve as police chief. He has more than 35 years of service in the force and has spent the past 29 with the Cleveland Police Department.
While the affair may have taken everyone by surprise, the self storage unit involved learned a valuable lesson about paying attention to the behavior of its occupants. The surveillance cameras that are often present at many self storage facilities can contain valuable information on how renters are using their units.