There is another break in the case of thousands of dollars worth of stolen dog food. Two men are in jail, accused of stealing some of the food that was supposed to be for homeless pets in Bakersfield.
Once the word got out that a couple hundred bags of dog food had been stolen, tips starting pouring in to the Bakersfield Police Department. Some of the food was recovered and returned Wednesday to its rightful owner.
Patricia Irwin, the founder at H.A.L.T. Rescue which stands for Helping Animals Live Tomorrow, was outside police headquarters Wednesday afternoon, picking up four bags of stolen dog food. Irwin said she and her husband drove to Los Angeles last Thursday to pick up $10,000 worth of dog food.
A Canadian company donated the top dollar dog food to the rescue. Irwin planned to put the bags in storage first thing in the morning. But by Friday morning, the dog food, the trailer and her car were gone. "There's 14 boxes of biscuits still out there. We had 150 bags of food so there's probably 146 more bags to find," said Patricia Irwin.
On June 11th, an anonymous tip led officers to the stolen U-Haul and officers arrested Don Robinson. On June 13th, another tip led officers to four bags of dog food in Oildale. Police say Benjamin Mendoza and Leroy Peters were arrested, along with three other individuals for outstanding warrants.
There is still more than a hundred bags of food out there. If you have any information on the dog food theft, you are asked to call the Bakersfield Police at 327-7111.