JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - Two award-winning horses were snatched from a farm on Ware Church Road in De Soto. Only on FOX 2, Rebecca Roberts spoke with the horse’s owners, and explains what happened to the stolen animals.
Meet Glory, Diablo and Copper. These well-bred show-horses are Linda Maurer’s pride and joy. But when her boyfriend, Tim Kime, went to feed them Saturday afternoon, he discovered Glory and Diablo were gone.
Kime says, “I reported them stolen, and the deputy came out here and made a report, and he just made the comment, maybe go to the auction.” The Farmington horse auction, held twice a month, happened to be that very night at 8 o’clock.
So Tim and Linda drove to Farmington. Almost instantly, they spotted Diablo's golden coat, and that familiar spot shaped like an ice cream cone on Glory’s forehead.
Kime explains, “We were kind of stunned that they were there, because we talked about it all the way down, that we didn’t think they’d take them on Friday and auction them on Saturday, but that’s where they were.”
An Illinois man had already bought the two horses, but luckily, he was still at the auction. The victims quickly called law enforcement, and hauled their horse’s home that same night.
Investigators traced the thefts to a 17-year-old from Jefferson County. Jefferson County Captain Ron Arnhart says the thief entered the property by cutting through a fence, and then hauled the horses off in a borrowed truck and trailer. The 17-year-old was questioned, booked and released, for now. Arnhart says, “We’ll file for charges through the prosecuting attorney’s office, and we don’t have charges at this time.”
The owners of these two horses are shocked that the Farmington auction barn didn’t ask for identification or paperwork from the man who sold the stolen horses. An auction barn employee confirmed that paperwork isn’t required; it’d be too difficult. They average about 70 horses per auction.
Maurer explains, “Something needs to be changed, because they can be taken within hours, and sold that quick.”
At the auction, the couple met another person searching for a stolen horse. Maurer knows she’s lucky, and maybe Glory and Diablo know it too. She says they seemed traumatized by the whole ordeal.
Investigators are not aware of any other recent horse thefts in Jefferson County.