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After Multiple Break-ins, Humane Society Catches Thief on Camera

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- In the past six months, someone has broken into the the Southwest Missouri Humane Society three times. The latest break-in was early Monday morning, and it was caught on camera.
We take in animals and help the community so he's stealing and hurting from all of us.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- In the past six months, someone has broken into the the Southwest Missouri Humane Society three times.

The latest break-in was early Monday morning, and it was caught on camera.

After the first two times, the Humane Society decided to install a surveillance system and an alarm system. This time, the suspect was captured on camera throwing a rock through one of the windows.

"He's really stealing from the puppies and kitties," says Darin Landrum. "You can see in the video he comes prepared. He steps right in front of the camera."

After the burglar breaks through the window, he tried to track down some cash.

"He tried to get into the safe but of course he was unsuccessful with that. He went for this donation canister, which it had change but he wasn't interested in that."

The Humane Society deposits its cash daily, leaving those who work there wondering if it is the same person.

"He knows where to go and what to look for."

Why does this guy keep coming back?

"We don't keep any kind of medications anyone can get a high or fix off of. They haven't taken any of our puppies or our kitties, dogs, cats -- all there is is a greedy individual that wants to come take something without earning it and that just speaks of a weak person."
 
Although the suspect isn't getting away with anything, the damage he's causing is taking away from the dogs and cats.

"We run strictly off donations, so instead of being able to use money to feed puppies and kitties and run programs, we are having to replace broken windows, broken doors, and now a broken safe."

The damage in dollars continues to add up, making things difficult for the shelter.

"I would say a few thousand," adds Landrum.

With a new surveillance and alarm system, the Humane Society is hoping the suspect won't strike again.

"We take in animals and help the community so he's stealing and hurting from all of us. We'll get you."

The suspect was on a cell phone during the entire break-in, but it's unclear if he's using it to mess with a system or maybe get advice on where to look.

Landrum believes it's the same person as all the other times because he knows where everything is inside.

If you have any information, you're asked to call the Greene County Sheriff's Office at 417-868-4040.
           
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