Police ask for help in animal shelter break-in

Two suspects captured on security camera Feb. 21

Hollister police are on the lookout for two suspects who tried to break into the city’s animal shelter and steal dogs last week.

About 3:53am Feb. 21, Hollister police officers responded to an alarm at the animal shelter at 1331 South St., according to a press release. When officers arrived, nobody was found in the area, but police found that a gate had just been forced open and a lock had been cut.

Officers obtained video footage of two men tampering with the gate and proceeding to the back area of the shelter, according to police. Investigators found evidence suggesting the burglars were attempting to break into the kennels where dangerous dogs are housed.

The burglars were unsuccessful in opening the kennels and fled before police arrived, according to authorities. Both suspects wore hooded sweatshirts and hid their faces. One of the suspects wore camouflage pants.

Hollister police released photos of the Feb. 21 burglary from the shelter’s security cameras, in hope that someone from the public might recognize them. Authorities are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification and conviction of the two suspects, police said.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call the Hollister Police Department at (831) 636-4330. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.

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