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Rutland man charged with burglarizing pet store

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A Rutland man is charged with breaking into a pet store and stealing merchandise, cash and donations for the local humane society.

Police say Jason Ketcham, 23, broke into the Pet Cage on the corner of Grove and Crescent streets.

A witness saw a man enter the back door and called police. Police say they found Ketcham in the basement with more than $600 of merchandise and cash he took from the store. They say he also stole money out of donation jars raising funds for the Rutland County Humane Society.

Ketcham told police he broke into the store for drug money.

"He also acknowledged that he does have a heroin issue and he goes through about $600 a week and that he had fallen onto some hard times. And this was the rationale behind the burglary and taking the donations that were destined to the humane society," Rutland City Police Sgt. John Sly said.

Ketcham pleaded not guilty to felony burglary charges.

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