Thieves hit Struthers animal rescue twice in one night

Poland Township police say at least one of the suspects took a credit card from a volunteer’s vehicle parked outside the New Lease on Life

Police are looking for suspects who took money and a credit card from an animal charity in Struthers, Ohio.


STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Police in Struthers and Poland are looking for one or more people who took money and a credit card from an animal rescue in the city.

Poland Township police say at least one of the suspects took a credit card from a volunteer’s vehicle parked outside the New Lease on Life, 2773 E. Midlothian Blvd. The theft occurred at about 7 p.m. Monday.

The credit card was used at a local store.

Police believe the same suspects who took money and a credit card from an animal charity also stole a truck from a landfill in Poland, Ohio. Later that same night, someone broke into the shelter and took a jar with money in it.

“I was the only one here at the time, and they were very shocked when I suddenly ran out and started chasing them,” said Maria Guyan, New Lease on Life. “They were only in the building for about 30 seconds, which is why we got lucky and they only got the donation jar.”

Guyan said Poland police found the jar and tracked the suspects to a landfill on S. State Line Road.

A truck is also missing from the landfill. Police believe the same suspects may have taken the vehicle. Youngstown police later found the truck on Mount Vernon Avenue. No one was in the truck.

Police did not confirm if anyone was in custody.

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