California Man Suspected in Horse Theft Case

A California man is facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing five horses in Ventura County, Calif.

In a written statement, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. John M. Franchi said that law enforcement personnel began investigating the case in February after a horse owner reported his animal missing. The owner later contacted the Sheriff’s Department after finding his horse and four miniature horses belonging to another owner in a horse stable, Franchi said. During a subsequent investigation, deputies recovered the five horses, collectively valued at $10,000, and a pair of saddles, collectively valued at $1,200; the recovered horses were returned to their owners, Franchi’s statement said.

Deputies later arrested Oscar Pina and charged him with possession of stolen property in connection with the incidents.

Pina was unavailable for comment.

According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Records, Pina is slated to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on March 20 in connection with the charges.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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