Surveillance Footage Shows Man Burglarizing West Adams Animal Shelter

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The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles is seeking help identifying a thief who broke into the charity’s West Adams headquarters last week.

The incident occurred the morning of Sept. 29 at 5026 West Jefferson Boulevard.

Officials at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals released this surveillance footage of a person who broke into their West Adams headquarters on Sept. 29, 2016.

Officials at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals released this surveillance footage of a person who broke into their West Adams headquarters on Sept. 29, 2016.

In surveillance video from the incident, the suspect is seen casing the parking structure about 1:35 a.m., then he returns around dawn with tools and breaks into the building, SpcLA officials said in a news release.

He apparently stole or damaged tools and security cameras.

Officials said the organization has been targeted before and similar break in attempts in June and August have caused damage to vehicles and structures.

In a statement Madeline Bernstein, president of spcaLA, called the crime “shameless and cowardly” and said the repairs have been costly.

She suspects the same person or people might be involved in the incidents.

"The costs to fix property, increase security, and the time spent away from the fulfillment of our mission are the most damaging and costly aspects of these crimes.

She added that repairing the damages is taking away from resources that could be used to help animals.

“It’s infuriating. We are a charity we work very hard for every penny we get,” Bernstein told KTLA on Friday.

The suspect is described as being a young male who walks with a “distinct gait,” or possibly a limp. He was wearing gloves, a mask and goggles. He apparently left behind a 6-foot long metal bar.

No animals were housed in the shelter at the time of the incident and no injuries were reported.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the Los Angeles Police Department at 213-485-2582.

Those wising to donate to spcaLA can call 888-772-2521 or visit www.spcaLA.com.