Bric-a-brac burglars target Cape Town animal welfare group

2016-08-17 22:32
Container. (Supplied)

Container. (Supplied)

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Cape Town - An animal welfare organisation in Gordon’s Bay that regularly assists the pets of poorer residents, has fallen prey to bric-a-brac burglars.

The theft on Tuesday night was a blow to the cash-strapped Animal Welfare Helderberg, which had planned to use the goods for a fundraiser.

In addition, the circumstances of the crime indicated the possibility of an inside job.

General manager Julia Evans told News24 on Wednesday that it appeared thieves jumped over the wall and cut the electric fencing. While the fencing was live, it was not connected to a security alarm.

“We have a security guard, but the premises are really huge and he mostly checks the cats and dogs are okay,” she said.

The thieves bypassed the office and animal hospital section, which was fitted with cameras and alarms.

Similar break-ins

Thieves broke into the welfare organisation. (Supplied)

Instead, they broke into a room used to store blankets, did not take anything and headed for a storage container filled with goods the public had donated for an open day.

“The container is tucked away, not easily visible and nobody knows about it. The doors and blinds are kept closed,” said Evans.

“It might have been somebody who has been on site before who has had access to the container. But the police are looking into that and doing whatever they can.”

Criminals made off with good quality kitchenware, toys, two gas cookers, and a large generator.

Evans wondered how they got the generator over the wall.

“That would take two strong men to lift. I am very sceptical about how they would have removed that from the premises.”

Nonetheless, she was thankful the thieves had not stolen their medical equipment.

She said there had recently been break-ins in the area with a similar modus operandi.

The organisation holds an open day every few months and it usually generated between R10 000 and R20 000.

“It is a big sum of money that people have donated in kind which is now lost to us. We run an almost R80 000 loss monthly. It has become a very serious situation. The little bit of money we do have is dwindling away.”

Often, the people they helped promised to pay their vet bills but never did.

“We are not recouping our vet loss. And you can’t kill the animal.”

Evans said they were waiting for officers to take fingerprints.

Western Cape police confirmed they were investigating the burglary. Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said no arrests had yet been made.

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