Equipment stolen from Humane Society of Marion County

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) -- A break-in at the Humane Society of Marion County left the non-profit needing for some new landscaping tools and it didn't take long for the community to respond.

Tools were stolen from them more than a week ago.

A thief broke into an outdoor shed and stole several tools.

They cut through the fence around the building and took a crowbar to the door of the shed to get to the tools. The thief made three trips to their vehicle before driving away with the stolen items.

Executive Director of the Humane Society of Marion County, Bruce Fishalow said, β€œIt's not right but this is what we see in today's world."

Co-owner of The Yard Stop Jason Lyons heard about what happened, from a Humane Society volunteer and knew he had to help out.

"I just felt, you know, we should be a part of the community and go give back to the humane society, they do so much for us,” Lyons said.

Lyons donated several items including weed whackers and leaf blowers.

"It blows my mind that people out there will steal from a company that's running on very limited funds and donations and contributions. it's just hard to believe people would do something like that,” he added.

The fence has since been repaired.

The new tools from Lyons and other donors will be housed in a different location so this doesn't happen again.

So far the thief has not yet been caught, but investigators have security video and fingerprints.