Donation gives NEA Humane Society peace of mind after break-in

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The more cameras the better when it comes to capturing a suspect in the act.

At the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society, there weren't any cameras rolling when thieves ripped them off earlier this year, but if those thieves try it again, someone will be watching.

"These folks took just hundreds and hundreds of pounds of food, wheelbarrow, a refrigerator, a washer and dryer," NEA Humane Society Director Margaret Shepherd told Region 8 News.

The theft happened in January but the community rallied behind them, replacing all of those stolen items and then some within days of the theft.

"Right about that blue kennel is where the break-in occurred," Shepherd indicated in surveillance camera video.

Shepherd knows where the thieves broke in but not who.

"We might have been able to identify them," Shepherd said. That is, if they'd had these security cameras in place a few months ago. Shepherd said the problem lies with funding.

"We'd have never been able to afford this," Shepherd said.

The Humane Society wasn't, but Critical Edge was able to. They donated and installed five security cameras across the property at no cost to the Humane Society.

"So now, if anything ever happens, they have 24 hour surveillance," sales manager with Critical Edge, Mikel Fears told Region 8 News.

Fears explained that when it comes to break-ins, hindsight is 20/20.

"Anytime something like this happens, they say, after the fact, we should have done something, I wish we would have been prepared."

It would have given the Humane Society a chance at figuring out who those thieves were.

"They're all high definition and they're recording locally to storage devices," Critical Edge owner, Michael Allsup said. "Gives her the ability to view any recordings, any issues that might've happened."

It also gives Shepherd the ability to have peace of mind about the animals after hours.

"It's going to be a great deterrent for anybody to break in again. It will keep our supplies safe but primarily, keep the shelter pets safe," Shepherd said.

If you have any information about the break-in that happened at the NEA Humane Society in January, give Crimestoppers a call at 935-STOP.

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