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UPDATE: UA student reunited with stolen cats, car

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UPDATE: Mandato has been reunited with her cats Archie and Scout after authorities recovered her stolen vehicle on Monday. 

Tucson Police discovered the BMW with cats still inside in a parking lot behind Tucson High School, not too far away from Mandato's house. 

Mandato can't believe the cats survived the past six days without much food or water. Had it been the summer months, the outcome could have been much different -- perhaps even deadly. 

"They're just glad to be out of that horribly smelly cage right now because they were probably sleeping on their own feces and pee. I feel so bad for them," Mandato said.

Mandato noted she's thankful for the Tucson community and Tucson Police in the rescue effort.

Despite the loss of material items from the Sunday robbery, Mandato expressed nothing matters except the well-being of her two favorite furry little friends. 

"Right now I could not care about those items. I don't care about any of what I had. The most important thing is that these two lives are saved," she said.

No arrests have been made in connection with the house robbery or stolen car incidents. 

It's advised to call Tucson Police if you have any information.


A University of Arizona student said she returned home from spring break on Sunday and found someone had broken into her house in the area of 6th Street and Tyndall Avenue.

Marirose Mandato, a junior at UA, said the thieves stole just about everything, including her bed.

Mandato said she packed up her car Tuesday to stay at a local hotel.

She said she put her cats in a crate and put them in the backseat of her white 2017 BMW 320i with the window cracked.

While Mandato went back into her house to talk with the landlord, someone managed to steal her car with the cats still in the backseats.

"I just want my cats back...I really do, that's all I want....I just don't understand how somebody could do that to somebody."

She said both are tabby cats, one orange and the other grey with orange color in the fur.

If you have any information please call the Tucson Police Department.

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