Arizona Pair Accused of Horse Theft

Arizona Pair Accused of Horse Theft

Kimberly Catherine Loller

Photo: Courtesy Mohave County Sheriff's Department

Two Arizona women are facing felony theft charges after they were arrested for allegedly stealing a Mohave County horse.

Mohave County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Trish Carter said deputies discovered a horse tied to a post in a residential backyard in an area not zoned for livestock while on patrol Jan. 21. A man at the scene informed deputies that his sister and his girlfriend had brought the horse home the night before and that the two women had gone off to buy feed for the horse, Carter said.

During the investigation that followed deputies determined that the horse was stolen, Carter said. The horse's owner identified the animal through its unique markings and unique shoes, she said.

“The horse was identified as a registered Quarter Horse,” Carter said, “The owner said it was worth $10,000.”

Laura Noreen Smith

Photo: Courtesy Mohave County Sheriff's Department

Laura Noreen Smith, 21, and Kimberly Catherine Loller, 18, were subsequently arrested and charged with one count each of felony theft, Carter said.

“We have no idea what their motive was,” Carter said.

Neither Smith nor Loller was available for comment.

Both women were booked into the Mohave County jail and later “released on own recognizance,” Carter said.

The case remains pending.

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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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