Phoenix animal rescue reports 3rd break-in

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Someone used a rock to smash the front window of HALO Animal Rescue. By Jennifer Thomas Someone used a rock to smash the front window of HALO Animal Rescue. By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Someone broke into a no-kill animal shelter in Phoenix overnight and the staff says it's the third theft in the past few months.

Staff and volunteers at HALO Animal Rescue arrived Tuesday morning to find the front window smashed, the cash register broken, a computer missing and the reception area a mess of broken glass, according to spokeswoman Shelly Torkelson.

She said someone used a rock to smash the window at about 2 a.m. and broke into the cash register.

The suspect did not enter the building but jostled the cash register up next to the broken window, Torkelson said. No money was taken as the cash register is kept empty overnight.

The security guard at nearby Grand Canyon University noticed the commotion and called police. Officers arrested Christopher Simpson, 26.

"This is painful for all of us here at HALO," said HALO President Heather Allen. "Every day our staff and volunteers work tirelessly for the animals, putting in so much time and love so that we can save the lives of dogs and cats. The idea that someone would try to steal from homeless animals is hard to comprehend."

Torkelson said this was the third theft at HALO in less than six months. In April, the donation box at the front desk was stolen. Then a week later, thieves broke into HALO's parking area, hotwired a truck and drove it through a fence.