Pretoria - The Tshwane SPCA in Waltloo has experienced so many break-ins that there is nothing left to steal.
In the latest incident - the third in as many months - two men broke into the premises last Friday morning, but fled after the security alarm went off.
Centre chairperson Jacqui Grove said the incident occurred two weeks after another break-in, where the intruders had also fled without stealing anything.
She said she did not understand why they would go back to the premises as there was nothing left.
“We have nothing left to steal here; they took all we had in their first break-in in April. This was the third break-in; the first was in April and the other two in June,” she said.
Grove said after the first crime in April, the thieves took computers in the reception and inspection area and employees’ cellphones and shoes that were in the office. She said there was literally nothing else they could possibly steal.
Grove believed it was the same perpetrators every time because they used a similar method to gain entry into the premises.
She said the break-ins were frustrating as they cost the SPCA a lot of money to fix the destroyed property.
Grove said in previous incidents the security guard on duty was overpowered by the suspects when they entered the premises.
However, this time the security guard did not see the suspects as he was inspecting another part of the building at the time.
“We are just thankful that not one of our staff members or animals was injured. We wish they could stop breaking in because it costs us a lot of money to fix the place,” she said.
No one has been arrested since the first incident.