Man and woman caught on camera cutting padlock at U-Stor Storage Unit caught days later

26-year-old Nicholas Tozzi and 33-year-old Amanda Vanelli were charged with criminal attempt burglary they tried to burglarize a storage unit at U-Stor but fled when the alarm was set off to be caught due to video footage 5 days later.

On October 20th, Memphis Police officers were dispatched to U-Stor Storage located at 5570 Summer Avenue in reference to an attempted burglary. The burglary was reported by the manager, Michael Webster. The security camera on site captured Nicholas Tozzi and Amanda Vanelli cutting the padlock on storage unit K4. They then fled the location in a silver Dodge Charger with black doors when the security alarm began to go off. Officer Bates downloaded the footage and Sergeant Pynkala put out a BOLO on the duo from the video evidence that was obtained.

On October 25th, according to the affidavit, Officer Bates was on patrol when he observed the same Dodge Charger from the U-Stor burglary attempt. The vehicle was on North Germantown Parkway when Officer Bates reportedly noticed Tozzi and Vanelli, the suspects from the U-Stor incident, were the sole occupants. Officer Bates performed a traffic stop at Highway 64 and Kate Hyde where he confirmed the identities of Tozzi and Vanelli as the burglars from the video. Vanelli, per the affidavit, exited the vehicle and had a .40 caliber Sig Sauer holstered to her left hip. The weapon was discovered to be fully loaded with ten live rounds. Vanelli’s criminal history revealed she was a convicted felon and she admitted to being a part of the attempted burglary at U-Stor. Tozzi told police that his weapon was in the center console of the vehicle. Officer Bates searched the serial number of the .40 caliber Smith & Wesson and it came back as stolen from Paris, TN. Tozzi also drove without a valid license and did not have a gun permit, per report. The stolen weapon was valued at less than $1,000.

Nicholas Tozzi was arrested and charged with criminal attempt felony (burglary), theft of property, unlawful possession of a handgun, and driving on a revoked license. He was later released on his own recognizance.

Amanda Vanelli was arrested and charged with criminal attempt felony (burglary) and convicted felon in possession of a handgun. She was released on a $30,000 bond.

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