It’s not Christmas morning that everyone wants – owners of an East Walnut Hills pet supply store found the store’s glass smashed and cash registers emptied on Saturday.
Argos Natural Pet Food & Supply was just one of the businesses along Woodburn Avenue robbed overnight.
“Ten cars were broken into as well as our store and another store across the street,” said Simon Coriell.
The thieves left with their ledger and donation jar – owner Elisabeth Mayer said they probably stole around $ 2,000.
“I really felt raped,” owner Elisabeth Mayer said. “I know times are tough right now and I’m not sure you are in desperate need of this money … but just know that you took some funds our clients were kind enough to put in the jar of donations – and there was a lot of money in there to go to Animal Rescue, which is really close and dear to my heart. “
The jar and register were found empty a few blocks from the store. While they may have been there for the money, Mayer said one of the cats inside the store came out the window during the break-in. A neighbor found the cat, Precious, outside and returned it safe and sound.
“What would have devastated me the most would have been if something had happened to one of these cats,” Mayer said. “You know money is money, but to me these cats are precious.”
While the investigation is ongoing, business will continue as usual. Argos Pet Food & Supply plans to open on Sunday, asking customers to help fill their donation jar.
“You know, we’re going to live and learn from this, and we’ve got a great neighborhood of support that will help us, but we haven’t lost a lot and everyone is safe,” Coriell said.
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