On two occasions someone broke into a pet store in the Hudson Valley and stole animals. Police have yet to arrest the suspect.

On Wednesday, the Town of Wallkill Police Department asked the public for help following a group of burglaries at a pet store.

Two Burglaries At Petco In Orange County, New York


Police report both burglaries happened at the Petco located at 600 North Galleria Drive in the Town of Wallkill, New York. The first occurred on July 16 around 9:30 a.m. the other on July 19 at 7:09 a.m., according to police.

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In the early morning hours of Sunday, July 16, 2023, and Wednesday the Town of Wallkill Police Department responded to a report of a burglary at Petco. Both times a suspect forcefully entered the business and stole several animals and various items, police say.

Animals Stolen At Petco In Wallkill

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Police labeled the suspect as a "known suspect" but didn't provide more details. Police also didn't release which animals, or how many were allegedly taken from the Orange County pet store.

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"This agency is being assisted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Police. The investigation is ongoing," the Town of Wallkill Police Department stated in a press release.

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