The event, which starts on Black Friday and ends on Christmas Eve, attracts hundreds of shoppers. Many of them stop by to drop off donations. On Black Friday, a couple of thieves preyed on that generosity.
Staff writer Charles Scott reports:
A man stole an SPCA donation box containing hundreds of dollars from the group’s annual pet adoption event last week at NorthPark Center.
Witnesses say the man had been hanging around the area 10 to 15 minutes before he went to the box to drop a dollar inside about 5 p.m. Friday, according to a police report.
A staff member with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals thanked him for his donation, and he grabbed the donation box and fled the mall with a second man.
“His partner held the exit door … and both ran outside,” James Bias, president of the SPCA of Texas, told WFAA-TV (Channel 8).
The Plexiglas box was later found cracked open and empty in a parking garage. The police report says it contained $800.
No arrests have been made, and police had yet to release a description of the suspects.