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Stolen Materials Returned to Wilmington Animal Rescue Group

WILMINGTON -- Volunteers with Adopt an Angel are slowly getting back some of its stolen supplies.

They are an animal rescue group who said their van was stolen last week.  Over the past couple of days, they have found litter boxes, laundry bags, and signs outside the Petco on South College Road where they hold weekend adoptions.

There is still no sign of the van or other valuables like crates and animal food.

Despite having lost their equipment, Marlo Hitriz, an organization volunteer, said they still plan to line the sidewalk again this weekend in hopes of adopting out as many pets as possible.

"We've kept everything running. We always made do with what we have. And we always seem to pull things together last minute," said Hitriz.

The team is getting help from Petco.  Operations Manager Paula Jordan said they are helping them out any way they can.

"Literally we told them it's a pet store - go shopping, take what you need," said Jordan.

Petco is loaning crates, blankets, food bowls, and other necessary items to keep the group running.

While they will continue to place rescued pets into new homes, it would be much easier if they had their van back.

Their van is a 1986 Chevrolet.  It is a bluish color and has been parked in the Petco parking lot for a year.

The picture to the right resembles what the van would look like if it was a newer model.  It has the same body style, but the stolen one is faded and doesn't have stripes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Adopt An Angel at (910) 392-0557 or online at


Reported by Sarah Warlick

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