HOWES CAVE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The director of the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley said they lost $1,500 in fundraising money after a Worcester, N.Y. man stole bags of donated cans and bottles.
The suspect was caught when he got greedy and returned to the scene of the crime.
The shelter was struck several times over the course of four months. Bottles and cans were swiped from an enclosure.
“It’s not the crime of the century, but still, it’s somebody thought about themselves before the animals’ needs,” Schoharie County Sheriff Deputy Sgt. Jeff Bever said.
Sgt. Bever said he and his kids volunteer at the shelter. They also adopted their pets from the shelter, so he took a personal interest in the case.
Bever said the thief was captured on security camera coming and going in a green pickup.
‘You can see the truck pulling in,” Bever explained. “This male subject getting out and entering the locked enclosure and putting the cans into the vehicle and then leaving on several different occasions.”
The case was solved by Bever, who applied some good, old fashioned police work.
“I just decided to check the shelter, and I see the truck driving by,” he said. “And as he was driving by, he didn’t see me at first, and he acted like he was going to turn in. And once he saw me, he took off down the road, which is where I pulled him over.”
Steven Rundblad, 31, was arrested for Petit Larceny. NEWS10 ABC went to the address he provided the court, but friends said he moved out.
The director of the no-kill shelter in Howes Cave said the Rundbland stole an estimated $1,500 worth of returnables.
“That’s a lot of food,” Director Kerrie Colin said. “That’s vet bills. That’s everything we need to keep going because we are the only shelter in this county.”
Rundblad is scheduled to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on May 17.
Anyone who wants to help the shelter can make a donation any day of the week.