Thrift store theft hurts pets the most

Marie Malinoski and Cindy Cox hold up the chunk of concrete a thief hurled through a side window at the Richmond Animal Protection Society
Marie Malinoski and Cindy Cox hold up the chunk of concrete a thief hurled through a side window at the Richmond Animal Protection Society's thrift store early Saturday morning. About $1,000 in donated jewelry and cash were stolen.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

A chunk of concrete the size of a toaster oven was hurled through the side window of the Richmond Animal Protection Society's thrift store on Granville Avenue over the weekend.

But store manager Marie Malinoski and her team of volunteers including Cindy Cox aren't the ones who will be hard hit by the theft of about $1,000 in donated jewelry and the contents of a donation box.

While the side window has now been repaired, and security bars installed overtop, the damage has already been done, Malinoski said.

It's local animals needing medical attention, surgery, rehabilitation, food and other care who will suffer, Malinoski said. She's been running the store along with her husband Ed on a volunteer basis for the past seven years.

Proceeds from the store's sales are directed to the No. 5 Road animal shelter, where society founder Carol Reichert uses the money to do the extra things that make a huge difference in the lives of local animals and their owners.

The thrift store is located at 140-8260 Granville Ave., and anybody wishing to make a donation or purchase something is invited to drop by.

Particularly popular and saleable are tools of all types, from hammers to screw drivers and everything in between, and Malinoski said her husband will clean them up as good as new.

Shoppers will walk away with the knowledge that not only did they get a good deal, but their money went to a good cause too, Malinoski said.

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