1 arrested, 1 sought in burglary of animal shelter in Twentynine Palms

One man was arrested and a suspect is sought in connection with a burglary last month at a Twentynine Palms animal shelter.

Police say that two men forced open a door at the Palms-n-Paws animal shelter a little after midnight on July 22 and stole two pit bulls, reports Z107.7.

While inside the shelter, one of the suspects – identified as Lance Corporal Levi Irwin, a Marine stationed in Twentynine Palms – unlocked the doors to the other kennels, allowing the dogs to run free.

Two dogs were seriously injured after getting into a fight and another two are missing after running from the building after being set loose.

Irwin and the other suspect were captured on security cameras at the shelter the day before.

A search warrant was served on Irwin’s home and police recovered evidence related to the burglary. He was arrested for investigation of burglary and cruelty to animals.

The second suspect is described as a white man with long brown hair.

Anyone with info should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

Images: City of Twentynine Palms via Z107.7