Christmas Decorations (Stock Photo)
FLETCHER - When Jan Stepp arrived for work this morning, she couldn't believe her eyes.
the outdoor Christmas decorations that had been painstakingly set up by
volunteers at the Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue shelter were gone.
snowmen, an artificial Christmas tree and large ornaments that had been
hanging from the rafters on the porch had vanished from the facility on
Hendersonville Road, beside Smiley's Flea Market.
was just dumbfounded," said Stepp, the shelter's manager. "Everything
was gone. They even took the extension cord and yard stake."
said the decorations were taken sometime Sunday night or early this
morning. The lighted decorations had been left turned on, so someone had
to unplug them to steal them, Stepp said.
went through my mind is just how sick someone is who would do that,"
Stepp said. "I just wanted to sit in my car and bawl. It had looked so
good. It was one of the few decorations in Fletcher."
She estimated the value of the decorations at about $500. The Fletcher Police Department is investigating the crime.
Angels rescues adoptable dogs and cats from area animal shelters that
are in danger of being euthanized, then works to find homes for them.
The nonprofit networks with other animal rescue groups, often in the
Northeast, to find the pets suitable owners. Some of the animals have
gone on to do amazing things, including a hound named Boomer who is now
working as a search and rescue dog in Canada.
Rhodes, Charlie's Angels vice president, said the theft isn't the first
time the shelter has been targeted by thieves. About a month ago,
someone entered the front door while Stepp was in the back of the
building and stole a new laptop computer.
in February, someone stole about $1,000 in cash that the group had
raised through collecting parking fees from customers for nearby
But the latest incident is particularly upsetting, Rhodes said.
are an all-volunteer group," she said. "We just really didn't expect
people to steal from animals. But we found out they will. It's the
Grinch who stole Christmas. I just hope whoever did this will rest well
knowing that they have taken from these animals. How could you steal
from helpless animals? How can you sleep?"
Written by, Sabian Warren