Tampa Police Investigate Horse Theft

Police in Hillsborough County, Fla., are seeking two men and a woman suspected of stealing five horses from a Seffner pasture on Sept. 5.

The stolen horses were among eight located in the pasture when the suspects cut a fence, drove a truck and trailer into the pasture, and began rounding-up the horses. A palomino gelding, a Shetland pony, a dark bay mare, a blue roan mare, and a Paint/Appaloosa mare were taken from the field. The thieves were unable to catch three other horses in the field.

A neighbor reported the horses stolen Sept. 9 after noticing a rope tied around the neck of one of the remaining horses.

The owner of one stolen horse believes the theft is connected to horse poaching incidents in Miami-Dade County.

“Detectives haven’t mentioned a connection,” said Hillsborough Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Debbie Carter.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office, 813/247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 800/873-8477.

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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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