Thieves break into an upcoming stray rescue building and expose them to $100,000

ST. LOUIS – Stray Rescue of St. Louis is asking the public for help after their new facility was broken into while it was under construction, costing them around $100,000 in materials and repairs.

Stray Rescue said the crime not only hurts the organization but also the strays who desperately need help.

In the past 72 hours, Stray Rescue of St. Louis has taken in and treated four dogs with gunshot wounds.

“The increase in abuse is horrific, and it only underscores the reason we want to move and offer more services,” said Aimee Dearsley, Stray Rescue of St. Louis’ chief development officer.

In March, Stay Rescue of St. Louis broke ground on a brand new building. In a few years they want to convert the old railway warehouse into a three-story multi-purpose hall.

On Wednesday morning, staff found their dream had been clouded.

“We’re sad because they steal from the dogs,” Dearsley said.

Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, police said surveillance video showed a black sedan driving toward the construction site on Bingham Drive in South St. Louis.

Two thieves slowly got out, then broke the padlock on the front gate and walked up the driveway to the building’s entrance. Flashlights in hand, the suspects broke in with a crowbar.

Once inside, the thieves stole three massive pallets of copper wire that were standing around the area. Then they went to the back wall where they cut off a whole electrical unit. Police said the suspects used a U-Haul to transport the stolen material.

The theft will cost the organization about $100,000 and now they have to start over.

“The community is always gathering around us, and we’re always so grateful for that,” Dearsley said. “So we’re asking you to get back in touch and donate and help us raise the funds to get us back on track and moving forward.”

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating.

Both suspects are at large.

“Just like the animals we save, we are resilient, we have to be resilient for them,” Dearsley said. “This won’t let us down, we’ll definitely keep going and rising up like we always do.” Thieves break into an upcoming stray rescue building and expose them to $100,000

Sarah Y. Kim

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