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Secret bunker found under Arizona RV storage yard (with photos)

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Police in Arizona may have called on officers with golf experience in a recent bust. It all took place in Waddell, a community northwest of Phoenix, at an RV storage facility. Surveillance had been set up near A Hole in One RV, Boat & Toy Storage, after a year’s investigation by the local power utility. It seems A Hole in One’s owners may have been tapping the utility for juice without paying for it. But before it was all over, cops got to play in the storage yard’s bunker—literally!

Not everything “above board”

The local utility company, APS, reported to the Maricopa County Sheriff that they suspected somebody from A Hole in One had tapped into one of their power junction boxes, allegedly stealing power to run their RV storage yard. On October 25, detectives armed with a warrant rode on into A Hole in One. Apparently power wasn’t the only thing that wasn’t “above board.”

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MCSO photo

When officers fanned out, they found entrances to something “downstairs.” A huge, three level bunker was below the surface of A Hole in One. Built out of semi-trailers and cargo containers, the elaborate construct was equipped with ladders and what police describe as “scissor jack elevators.”

Bunker with drugs and money

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MCSO photo

So what do you stash in your bunker? The A Hole in One outfit had “several chemical containers, bags of unknown powder, and cylinders of compressed gases.” Also in plain view, “illegal drugs and firearms.” The list of confiscated items from the property included one pound of methamphetamine, an ounce of cocaine, half an ounce of psilocybin mushrooms, and “200 narcotic pill capsules.” Police also found and hauled away $240,000 in U.S. currency, as well as gold and silver valued at $700,000.

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MCSO photo

Detectives also carted away some of the A Hole in One owners. Laura Swink (61) and her 35-year-old son, Steven Swink II, were arrested. They were jailed on felony theft of service charges, criminal damage, and obtaining utilities fraudulently.

Well-regarded by customers

This news may come as a bit of surprise to some of A Hole in One’s customers. Comments left on consumer comment site Yelp were generally quite favorable toward the Swinks. “The manager is so friendly and understanding I would never do business elsewhere,” said one patron. “She is absolutely the most amazing cooperative friendly woman I ever met. I had wanted a spot here for a while and after having talked to her she made it happen.”

Security was apparently another concern of the Swinks. Underground bunker aside, another customer wrote, “Their storage facility is off the beaten track and appears to have little to no security. Don’t for a minute believe it. I have gone into their lot twice in unknown vehicles and have been confronted both times.” As to keeping things visible, another wrote, “There are motion lights all over the place, as well as very bright lights. This place is lit up like 4th of July at night.”

Trade bunker for prison bunks?

bunkerIf the Swink pair are tried and found guilty of the felony theft of services, they could miss their bunker for a long while. Under Arizona law, sentencing for theft of services varies, depending on how much stolen services were valued at. On the low end, stealing less than $1,000 worth could fetch a six-month sentence. But stealing $4,000 to $25,000 could lead to two-and-a-half to seven years in prison.

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MissA
18 days ago

So all the drugs, guns, chemicals, and cash got confiscated, but no drug, weapon, or manufacturing charges? ?

Ray
18 days ago

Crazy, reminds me of a story here in Florida, grow houses for weed, hundreds of them, some over 300 pounds cultivated, plus 700 plants, caught for stealing water and Electric, most power companies report to the police, then they investigate, and get busted, I read somewhere is was like almost 200 grow houses busted since 2016,

Rich Dick
18 days ago

The CIA has been peddling drugs and arms starting in Vietnam. That’s just common knowledge. No conspiracy theories just fact. Our government starts wars, establish’s puppet governments (Iraq, Central America, South America, Asia, Middle East etc). Maybe turn off Fox News and actually educate yourself.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
18 days ago
Reply to  Rich Dick

Thanks, Rich. I stand (disappointedly) corrected, although I don’t believe you’re correct either. Will just keep my mouth shut from now on. BTW, I don’t watch the news, or anything else, on the TV or online, so don’t get brainwashed one way or the other. My statement was just wishful thinking, I guess. 🙁 –Diane

Last edited 18 days ago by RV Staff
Mister X
18 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Wishful thinking is sadly all we can do most days. But good on you for attempting to stay positive!

Fat
18 days ago
Reply to  Rich Dick

There you go spreading crap again

Backcountry164
16 days ago
Reply to  Rich Dick

Educate yourself?? Please do share. Facts have reputable sources that you can link to. But I’m going to go out on a short limb and assume that you never even try to back up anything you ever say. This is why no one you know takes you seriously…

Donald N Wright
19 days ago

How do you excavate a hole this big, and no one knows about it? Perhaps other people were involved,

Mister X
18 days ago

Quite honestly, it doesn’t take much in a place that’s all dirt like that. I’ve been looking at buying property out there and we were actually talking about doing a storage lot with container housing underneath 🤣🤣

Backcountry164
16 days ago
Reply to  Mister X

3 levels means it was almost 30 feet. A 30 foot deep hole is not a small accomplishment.

Dennis Johnson
19 days ago

HAHAHAAAAA! Almost a million in cash, gold and silver, and they had to steal electricity!?!? They probably wouldn’t have been caught yet!

Leslie Berg
19 days ago

It’s hilarious that they stole power, which led to their undoing, when their life of crime provided plenty of money for them to pay a power bill. I bet they are kicking themselves now. I’m visualizing the mother scolding the son, `You said you’d take of the power bill! I thought that meant you paid it!!’

Mister X
18 days ago
Reply to  Leslie Berg

So absurdly enough, getting power somewhere like this can be a lot of shenanigans if there wasn’t a business or house on the property (20-100k just to run the lines easily).

That said they obviously had cash and a business and…. yeh no excuse.

dog
19 days ago

maybe they were working with the dark government helping move drugs, many people aware of the history of the us government smuggling drugs to fund their covert operations

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
19 days ago
Reply to  dog

Please keep your conspiracy theories out of our comments, dog (aka d*****k*****), or we’ll have to block you from commenting altogether. Thank you. Also, I find it interesting, and maybe telling, that you’re using the name “dog” for this comment when you haven’t been concerned about posting your full name on prior comments. 🙄 –Diane

Darkseid
19 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

You’re wrong, the CIA did in fact smuggle drugs, they’re doing it now with fentanyl. Please don’t spread fake news.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
19 days ago
Reply to  Darkseid

Darkseid, can you please tell me where you got information which states, as dog said, that “… the us government [is] smuggling drugs to fund their covert operations.” Thank you. –Diane

Eric
12 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

I don’t know if it’s going on now, but CIA used to fly drugs & weapons in and out of Mena Arkansas.
Google that “patriot” Oliver North and research what was going on during the Reagan administration.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
12 days ago
Reply to  Eric

Thanks, Eric. I will. Have a good night. 😀 –Diane

Nick
19 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Hey. Several others float ‘Theories” about this mother son duo. Why pick on Dog. For you to be so naive to think that your government is above board all of the time speaks volumes.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
19 days ago
Reply to  Nick

Yep, I’m just a naive old (76 😯 ) grandma. What can I say? –Diane

D Pilit
19 days ago
Reply to  dog

Yes I’m sure that’s it. Every time I get caught committing a crime I just tell law enforcement I’m actually working for the government. They all know about it and just let me go. It’s pretty lucrative work and no risk.

Everything above is fantasy land.

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David
19 days ago

Sounds like in “Breaking Bad” where they build a meth lab under a laundry business.

Ken Wahl
19 days ago

At the end of the runway near Luke AFB. Why would you suspect anything? Ag land

friz
19 days ago

I am fairly sure it was this terrible downturn in the economy which drove them to a life of crime.

TIM MCRAE
19 days ago

I find it hard to believe this was just about utility theft (a year long investigation??).

Also, why do you steal utilities if you have million dollars in sound money?

Not too smart 🤓…

Bob p
18 days ago
Reply to  TIM MCRAE

Prisons are full of stupid criminals, the smart ones are still outside committing their crimes.

Dan
19 days ago

Gotta love the name. A Hole.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
19 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Yep. I knew someone was going to comment on that. 😉 Have a great day, Dan, and a terrific Thanksgiving. 😀 –Diane

Bob p
19 days ago

How could something like that be constructed without nobody noticing, it takes a big hole to bury shipping containers three deep.

D Pilit
19 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

I wondered the same thing.

Suzanne Farmer
18 days ago
Reply to  D Pilit

They said it was off the beaten path. I guess you wouldn’t have had a front road seat to the construction

tom
19 days ago

Planning for the revolution? LOL