Animal rescue fundraiser robbed; police seek suspect caught on video

The suspect

Town of Poughkeepsie Police are seeking information about a theft that took place at a pet supply yard sale fundraiser on Saturday.

According to a Facebook post by the Poughkeepsie-based Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, the phone and wallet of a volunteer, which contained the proceeds from the fundraiser, were stolen during the sale. The phone was found using a locator app, a mile away, destroyed.

The suspect, a woman in a long-sleeve light blue shirt, was caught on video, which can be viewed here. It shows the suspect grab the volunteer’s wallet and phone and place it in her back pocket. Anyone who knows the identity of this person is asked to contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Police at 845-485-3666.


The post has received over 2700 shares on Facebook. Here’s what the organization posted today:

Wow we are overwhelmed by how far this has reached! We really appreciate the outpouring of support. We want to share that we are not looking for donations out of this; we are more upset that someone would steal from a non-profit’s yard sale (and especially a volunteer’s phone and wallet!) than over the amount of money taken. If anyone wants to support us since this happened, you are welcome to come and visit our animals, bring donations of dog or cat food, blankets and towels, etc. Thank you all for looking out for us.

Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) charity organization that rescues domestic and farm animals and rehabilitates wildlife. It also runs a low-cost vet clinic with wellness appointments for cats and dogs, and a spay/neuter program for cats, dogs and rabbits.

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