Two charged after Chatham animal rescue posts video of alleged theft
Published Tuesday, July 30, 2019 10:07AM EDT Last Updated Tuesday, July 30, 2019 11:05AM EDT
Chatham-Kent's Pet and Wildlife Rescue reports a theft occurred at its operation on July 28, 2019. (Courtesy Pet and Wildlife Rescue)
Two people have been charged with theft after an animal rescue operation posted a video of two suspected thieves allegedly stealing bottle donations.
The Chatham-Kent Police Service reports on Saturday, a man and a woman were seen taking a blue recycling bin from the Car and Dog Wash on Park Avenue East in Chatham.
Police say the pair then walked over to the Pet and Wildlife Rescue building and entered the locked compound.
The pair is seen on security camera video filling blue bins with empty cans and bottles valued at a total of $600.
Pet and Wildlife Rescue says it is ending its bottle drive fundraising campaigns, which have raised money to support veterinary care the rescue provides, due to repeated thefts.
A security camera video posted to the rescue’s Facebook page showing the alleged thefts attracted more than 1,200 shares.
David Valiquette, 34, of Chatham and Krystal Pilon, 30, of Chatham are each charged with theft under $5,000 and being in possession of property obtained by crime.
The accused have been released and are due back in court on August 20.