An animal welfare agency’s van was stolen Wednesday from a shopping center in Pico Rivera.
The 2002 Ford Econoline E150 cargo van, which belongs to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, was taken from in front the PetSmart Charities Everyday Adoption Center at the Pico Rivera Town Center about 9 a.m.
Inside the van were 20 stainless steel pet crates, veterinary paperwork pet supplies, and personal items — but no animals, according to spcaLA’s Ana Bustilloz.
“The thief, or thieves, didn’t just take an old van and a few crates — they took precious time and resources away from abandoned and abused animals,” said spcaLA President Madeline Bernstein. “It is shameless and cowardly to steal from a charity, especially a local organization like spcaLA.”
The white van’s license plate number is 6Z25146.
Anyone with information regarding its whereabouts was urged to call the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station at (562) 949-2421.
Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.