UA student reunited with cats and car after burglary last week

UA student reunited with cats and car after burglary last week
Cats, car stolen after home burglary, UA student says. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Missing cats (Source: Marirose Mandato)
Missing cats (Source: Marirose Mandato)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - UPDATE: Marirose Mandato was reunited with her cats on Monday morning after her car, with the animals inside, was found abandoned in a parking lot near Tucson High School.

A series of unfortunate events has a University of Arizona student reaching out for help.

Marirose Mandato, a junior at the UA, told Tucson News Now that she was home in Los Angeles for spring break and her home was broken into.

She said everything from her Go-Pro camera and furniture to her kitchen appliances and medicine were stolen, when she first reported the burglary to Tucson Police on Sunday, March 11. Police confirmed that a burglary report was taken at that location that day.

Mandato said she and her boyfriend have been too afraid to stay at the 407 N. Tyndall Avenue home the last two nights, so they were staying in a hotel room. They returned home Tuesday to see what was stolen, and meet with her property manager.

While inspecting the house Tuesday, Mandato told Tucson News Now that she locked her doors when she left town. There were no signs of the locks or doors being broken, and she believes the thief or thieves picked the locks to get inside while she was away.

As she was packing up more items Tuesday, getting ready to spend another night away, Mandato said she was hit again.

While inside her rental home, Mandato explained that she had stepped away from her car for about 10 minutes and her car was stolen with her two cats inside.

"Literally everything that I took home to Spring Break was in the car," Mandato said.

She told Tucson News Now that she had the key fob in her hand the whole time and that the car was not running when she left it there in its parking spot behind the home, but that the windows were cracked in order to give her two little cats air, as she packed up the vehicle.

The thief reportedly drove away with her 2017 white 320i BMW with California license plate #8BOH365.

"I'm just really upset. I just want my cats back. I just feel really bad for them, like, they're not even a year old," she said.

Mandato said that police came by her home Tuesday to take another report about the second theft. She said she searched the neighborhood for any signs of her property and also called the local animal shelters to see if her cats had been left there.

"I just don't know how anyone has the heart to do something like that."

Anyone with information is asked to call Tucson Police or 88-CRIME.

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