Thief Caught Stealing Donations From Waterford's Animal Shelter

The suspect, who was caught on tape, was employed by the city of New London to clean the kennels. New London is currently sharing use of the Waterford-East Lyme Animal Shelter while the city's facility is being rebuilt.

Photo provided by Waterford PD
Photo provided by Waterford PD
A few months back, Waterford/East Lyme Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk noticed that something had been stolen from the animal shelter. Thinking that the thief might try it again, Yuchniuk set up video equipment to try to catch the person. 

On New Year's Day, his trap caught a suspect. Carl Adams, a part time kennel cleaner for the City of New London, was seen on videotape stealing gift cards that had been donated to the shelter from inside a locked office in the Animal Control facility.

New London is currently sharing use of the Waterford facility while the city's animal shelter is being rebuilt, but Waterford Police say though Adams had access to clean the kennels under this arrangement, he was not permitted to be in the office.   

Yuchniuk arrested Adams, 24, at his home at 177 Jefferson Avenue, Apartment 2, in New London on January 1 without incident. Adams was charged with larceny second degree (theft from a municipality) and burglary third degree. He was held on a $1,000 bond. 

Waterford Police say the case is still under investigation, as only one of the cards has been recovered. If you have any information regarding this case please contact Officer Yuchniuk at ryuchniuk@waterfordct.org, or 860-442-9451.
margieot January 02, 2014 at 09:34 PM
Shame on you, Carl Adams! Stealing from the animal shelter is just as bad as if you were stealing from your grandmother.
nascarblue January 04, 2014 at 04:32 AM
great idea putting video there, carl now that your photo is displayed for everyone to see you stole from the animal shelter, now everyone knows just how much of a scumbag you are, people LOVE animals and we try to do what ever we can to help out, to make sure there is enough food and anything else they need, and here you come thinking "oh great, free money" WRONG!! the animal control officers work very very hard to take care of every animal that comes in, they need all the money they can get, to work in the animal shelter to me it takes a very special person that has a great love for animals, when donations come in that is awesome, I agree with you margieot, start saving your money carl, the animals need it more than you.


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