Kitten kidnapping caper crooks caught

Maggie, a 10-week-old black spayed female, is one of two kittens missing from Animal Rescue Force in Sayreville. She remains missing, after two people were charged with theft and returned the other cat. (Photo: credit: Animal Rescue Force)

Two people have been charged with theft after two black kittens, Maggie and Berkley, as stolen after they disappeared from their cages at Animal Rescue Force (ARF) on July 29 and 30 and were reported stolen.

One of the cats was recovered when Sayreville police arrested Jarrod Welsh, 30, and Jingru Huang, 27, both of Carteret, and charged them with theft of a domesticated animal.  

Shelter manager Amy Ray said the couple visited the shelter Sunday and the woman “hastily” left the building while the man distracted shelter volunteers.

Capt. Daniel Plumacker said the suspects were arrested Friday in Carteret, and they were both released with a date to appear in  Municipal Court. 

Sayreville police said Woodbridge police assisted in the investigation with a tip that helped identify the suspects.

Plumacker said the suspects admitted they removed one kitten from the shelter, which was recovered in good health and turned over to Associated Humane Societies in Tinton Falls.

“I’m thrilled to have Berkley back, but I’m still distraught,” said Ray, who fostered both kittens. “Where is Maggie? She is very shy.” 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sayreville Police Detective Sgt. Sean O’Donnell at 732-525-5422 or Animal Rescue Force at 732-257-7559.

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