Cat food theft from SpokAnimal leads to Spokane arrest

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 9:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—A 40-year-old man is accused of stealing large amounts of cat food from SpokAnimal. On Tuesday, police recovered dozens of bags of cat food that were stolen from SpokAnimal on January 17.

Police said the suspect, William Sorenson, was cooperative with police.

Officers received a tip that a suspect had stolen numerous bags of dog and cat food from SpokAnimal. Police were able to contact the suspect in a camper near N. Crestline Street and E. Springfield Avenue. Officers recovered 25, 16-pound bags of Purina cat food and over 100 cans of canned food. That amount of animal food amounts to about $500.

“I think there's a pretty good market for the sale of pet food on the resale market or black market. That's a big hit for us. Our pets depend on this food,” said Gail Mackie with SpokAnimal.

The suspect entered a storage shed next to SpokAnimal and stole the food according to police.

Records show Sorenson came clean when he was questioned.

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