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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Spokane Humane Society seeks mower thief

From staff reports
The Spokane Humane Society is seeking the public’s help to identify a mower thief, following the third burglary at the animal rescue group this year. The Humane Society posted on its Facebook page surveillance video of the theft, which occurred around 4 a.m. Monday, said Dave Richardson, the organization’s executive director. The mower stolen was on loan from a Humane Society employee after another burglar stole the group’s riding lawnmower earlier this year. “His kindness was repaid with this,” Richardson said, referring to the burglary captured on camera. The video shows a white man, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, enter through a gate and pull the mower out onto a pick-up truck bed. He leaves the gate open and drives away, all within about three minutes. Richardson said the Humane Society approved the purchase of a surveillance system after the previous burglaries. He said it was a difficult decision, as the group tries to spend its money on food, kennels and other items for the rescued animals. “It’s pretty tough. We try to spend all our donations wisely,” he said. “But when something like this happens, we have to protect our facility and equipment.” Click on the picture to watch the video. The Humane Society is asking anyone with information about the theft to contact Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.