• Jacksonville farm, haven for rescue animals, hit by burglars twice in three days

    By: Ben Becker , Action News Jax


    Burglars have hit a local farm that has become a haven for rescue animals twice in three days, stealing more than $2,000 worth of power tools and equipment.

    “They knew exactly what they were looking for,” says Celestial Farms owner Veronica Pasciuto.

    Pasciuto tells Action News Jax she failed to lock the tool shed on Sunday. The door was shut, but the lock was not clicked and according to the police report, the shed was cleaned out by crooks.

    Pasciuto says the bad guys liked her stuff so much, they decided to get the rest of it on Tuesday night. She had it locked this time, but it only slowed them down.

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    “I hope that if they needed help they would have asked and not violate and take it,” adds a heartbroken Pasciuto.

    Celestial Farms in North Jacksonville teaches people of all ages where their food comes from, and demonstrates respectful ways to care for farm animals. The farm hosts field trips and camps for children, but now it doesn’t have tools to make fence repairs and compete other construction projects.

    Celestial Farms has started a GoFundMe page if you would like to help.

    There are no suspects at this time.

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