Oklahoma Pair Charged in SAU Horse Theft Case

Law enforcement authorities in McCurtain County, Okla., have charged a man and woman in connection with the theft of horses and equipment from the Southern Arkansas University (SAU) campus last month.

On Nov. 2, five Quarter Horses belonging to student members of the school's collegiate rodeo team were taken from the Mulerider Stables at the university's Magnolia, Ark., campus. A horse trailer and a variety of equestrian equipment also taken from the stables were recovered shortly after the incident. Four of the missing horses were recovered in McCurtain County, Okla., on Nov. 15. The remains of the fifth horse, named Credit Card, were discovered in McCurtain County on Nov. 25.

On Dec. 5, during a traffic stop, Arkansas State Police arrested Jaci Rae Jackson, 18, of McCurtain County, Okla., in connection with the thefts. Jackson, an SAU student and a rodeo team member, is charged with six counts felony theft of property and three felony charges in Oklahoma including bringing stolen property into the state, knowingly concealing stolen property, and cruelty to animals.

McCurtain County Sheriff's Department Capt. Ryan Dunn said that on Dec. 5 McCurtain County Sheriff's Department personnel arrested Mickey Carter and Charles Tremmel in connection with the SAU thefts. Carter and Tremmel are each charged with one felony count of knowingly concealing stolen property, Dunn said. The charges are not connected to the horse thefts, Dunn said. Both Carter and Tremmel were free on bond, according to a McCurtain County Jail spokesman.

Neither Carter nor Tremmel was available for comment.

Meanwhile, SAU spokesman Jeremy Langley said that Jackson remains incarcerated at the Columbia County Detention Facility pending a Dec. 7 bond hearing. Jackson's formal arraignment in the case is slated for Dec. 15, Langley said.

Both Langley and Dunn said the investigation into the thefts continues. Anyone with information about the incident should call the SAU Police Department at 870/235-4100, Arkansas State Police Investigator Hays McWhirter at 870/703-2065, or the McCurtain County Sheriff's Department at 580/286-3331.

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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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