Clear Austin Pets Alive! Transport van stolen, quickly recovered: Suspect escapes – News

The accused is still absconding.

Accused of van theft (Thanks to Austin Pets Alive!)

In one of the most bone-chilling moves a burglar could possibly pull off, an unknown person trespassed on his property. Austin Pets Alive!K’s downtown animal shelter around 4am yesterday and broke into a bright yellow and orange transport van with APA! Logo through the closed chain link gate of the facility.

APA! After the theft, he posted pictures of the van on social media and filed a police report. Developments were rapid. Dozens of people reported seeing the van, and it was soon found by Austin police officers at the 7-Eleven convenience store at the corner of South Lamar and Barton Skyways. A photo by APA! A hole in the van’s driver’s side bumper reveals a cracked molding from hitting the gate. The accused is still absconding.

APA! Luis Sanchez Told to Chronicle. “The heartbreaking part is that this weekend was scheduled to transport the animals. What that van does is it goes down to shelters down in South Texas that have little resources and they doesn’t have space and takes in dogs that are on the euthanasia list and picks them up and returns them, either to APA! or directly to partner shelters around the country.

Sanchez said they only have two of these vans for their main transportation program vans, “so that’s a huge loss.”

APA! has sent a surveillance video of the suspect – a man with a white beard. “We don’t really know anything about the suspect, but I feel like we’ve got some good footage of him,” Sanchez said. “We are hoping that this will lead to his arrest.

“And, of course, the gate is not a cheap gate. They estimated it would cost about $13,000 to fix. So, unfortunately, now we’re going to have to spend that money and time saving a gate while we’re at it.” Will be using it to save pets.

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