San Diego police are investigating a break-in reported at the San Diego House Rabbit Society Monday.
When police arrived at the location on Mercury Street in Kearny Mesa around 2 a.m., officers found the door forced open.
The robbers rifled through the cash box and stole a donation jar. There was no cash kept in the register, but the jar held about fifty bucks, Patricia Mulcahy said, Co-Chapter Manager and Treasurer at San Diego House Rabbit Society, in a social media post.
“We had what was called Poppy’s fund, which was a jar lovingly made by a good supporter of ours who has since passed," Mulcahy said.
The jar was an upsetting loss because it held some sentimental value. She explained the burglars must have "worked really hard" to break in.
“It looks like they were just hammering it really hard to get the knob itself off," Mulcahy said. “What’s interesting is [that] it’s a really, really sturdy door."
There was a security guard nearby, but the person did not see or hear anything, police said. When the burglars broke in, they set off sensor alarms that called the authorities.
Three police cars, one K-9 unit and helicopters searched the location for a suspect but did not find anyone.
“Luckily, all the rabbits are okay," Mulcahy said. “The police did do a sweep with a canine, and I’m sure that kind of upset the bunnies but when I got here they were fine.”
The bunny shelter is now planning to invest in three more security cameras and said donations are welcome. Mulcahy said their security system was well worth the cost.
"We were very lucky," she added.