Police 'looking for a horse' after hay and carrot thefts

Police 'looking for a horse' after hay and carrot thefts

Police 'looking for a horse' after hay and carrot thefts

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Hay and carrot thefts have been on the up this month, prompting the police to urge vigilance from farmers and those living in rural areas around Penryn.

The most recent raid took place overnight last Tuesday (March 12), when 14 bales of hay, a welder, a disc cutter, various other power tools and a pressure washer were stolen from Tretheague Farm in Stithians – ref 510

This followed a similar attack overnight the previous Wednesday (March 5) when seven hay and straw bales, a sack of carrots and a wheelbarrow were pinched from a stables at Burnthouse, Penryn – ref 468 

“I think we are looking for a horse,” said Detective Constable Rick Milburn from Falmouth Police Station.

“Anyone with any knowledge of anyone who has recently acquired a horse or is trying to establish a living space for a horse, we are asking them to contact us with any information.”

Contact the police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference GP/13 and the “ref” number given above.

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1:54pm Tue 19 Mar 13

Toffer99 says...

**** those horses, they'll have away any power tools or equipment that they see lying around.
Just last week I lost a good mower to a scruffy old Grey.
**** those horses, they'll have away any power tools or equipment that they see lying around. Just last week I lost a good mower to a scruffy old Grey. Toffer99
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2:09pm Tue 19 Mar 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Could be a commune of rabbits.
Could be a commune of rabbits. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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2:48pm Tue 19 Mar 13

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

Had to check the date to see if this wasn't a particularly poor April Fool story.

Maybe the horse responsible has suffered terrible guilt about its crime and committed suicide, so if they want to find it, the police could try carrying out forensic tests on some burgers in Asda.
Had to check the date to see if this wasn't a particularly poor April Fool story. Maybe the horse responsible has suffered terrible guilt about its crime and committed suicide, so if they want to find it, the police could try carrying out forensic tests on some burgers in Asda. Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
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2:54pm Tue 19 Mar 13

GrahamHarris says...

Hell's bells, what has the World come to?

I can get hundreds of carrots in Lidl for £1 or so, who needs to steal them???
Hell's bells, what has the World come to? I can get hundreds of carrots in Lidl for £1 or so, who needs to steal them??? GrahamHarris
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3:30pm Tue 19 Mar 13

klaatu barada nikto says...

I saw a local horse behaving rather suspiciously the other day, it was a beautiful horse with windblown fetlocks. Should I inform the authorities?
I saw a local horse behaving rather suspiciously the other day, it was a beautiful horse with windblown fetlocks. Should I inform the authorities? klaatu barada nikto
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6:16pm Tue 19 Mar 13

meerkats says...

In the light of the horsemeat scandal, i think the horses are harnessing together and forming a resistance group ,hence the need for tools and lots of carrots to keep their strength up. !! (i am always being told i should get out more lol )
In the light of the horsemeat scandal, i think the horses are harnessing together and forming a resistance group ,hence the need for tools and lots of carrots to keep their strength up. !! (i am always being told i should get out more lol ) meerkats
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6:27pm Tue 19 Mar 13

Some bleddyboy says...

As its almost Easter these items are obviously for all the kings horses and all the kings men who are trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together again!!
As its almost Easter these items are obviously for all the kings horses and all the kings men who are trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together again!! Some bleddyboy
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7:27pm Tue 19 Mar 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

meerkats wrote:
In the light of the horsemeat scandal, i think the horses are harnessing together and forming a resistance group ,hence the need for tools and lots of carrots to keep their strength up. !! (i am always being told i should get out more lol )
That theory about getting out more dosn't work, I'm always out.

If someone could afford to buy a horse or keep a horse surely they wouldn't need to steal a few carrots and hay, it dosn't make sense to me, unless they stole the horse as well. What are they going to do when it needs new shoes steal a pair from Azdas.
[quote][p][bold]meerkats[/bold] wrote: In the light of the horsemeat scandal, i think the horses are harnessing together and forming a resistance group ,hence the need for tools and lots of carrots to keep their strength up. !! (i am always being told i should get out more lol )[/p][/quote]That theory about getting out more dosn't work, I'm always out. If someone could afford to buy a horse or keep a horse surely they wouldn't need to steal a few carrots and hay, it dosn't make sense to me, unless they stole the horse as well. What are they going to do when it needs new shoes steal a pair from Azdas. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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7:41pm Tue 19 Mar 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

It could be for donkeys.
It could be for donkeys. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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8:46pm Tue 19 Mar 13

meerkats says...

A horse is for life and not just for burgers ! on a serious note though if someone has acquired a horse and is stealing carrots and hay ,how are they going to afford vets bills etc ? very odd.
A horse is for life and not just for burgers ! on a serious note though if someone has acquired a horse and is stealing carrots and hay ,how are they going to afford vets bills etc ? very odd. meerkats
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8:47pm Tue 19 Mar 13

Lanty Slee says...

Gill, I think when the cop says "recently acquired" he doesn't mean somebody who has recently bought a horse.

If they're thieving carrots and hay, they probably thieved the horse as well, don't you think?

Still, at least they're keeping it alive and not sending it to the abattoir.
Gill, I think when the cop says "recently acquired" he doesn't mean somebody who has recently bought a horse. If they're thieving carrots and hay, they probably thieved the horse as well, don't you think? Still, at least they're keeping it alive and not sending it to the abattoir. Lanty Slee
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1:55am Wed 20 Mar 13

Wave says...

It could still be a thin horse that needs fattening up for the dinner plate.
It could still be a thin horse that needs fattening up for the dinner plate. Wave
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7:28am Wed 20 Mar 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Lanty Slee wrote:
Gill, I think when the cop says "recently acquired" he doesn't mean somebody who has recently bought a horse.

If they're thieving carrots and hay, they probably thieved the horse as well, don't you think?

Still, at least they're keeping it alive and not sending it to the abattoir.
That's why I said "unless they stole the horse as well" i was giving them the benefit of the doubt initially because they could have already had a horse and come on hard times and cant afford to feed it, but I still think it could be donkeys anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Lanty Slee[/bold] wrote: Gill, I think when the cop says "recently acquired" he doesn't mean somebody who has recently bought a horse. If they're thieving carrots and hay, they probably thieved the horse as well, don't you think? Still, at least they're keeping it alive and not sending it to the abattoir.[/p][/quote]That's why I said "unless they stole the horse as well" i was giving them the benefit of the doubt initially because they could have already had a horse and come on hard times and cant afford to feed it, but I still think it could be donkeys anyway. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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7:39am Wed 20 Mar 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

So why doesn't someone leave a load of bales of hay in a field/barn and a big sack of carrots with a CCTV camera located nearby, or better still with a police officer hidden in a bale of hay. They couldn't accuse them of entrapment because they would be entitled to have hay etc in a field, its not exactly like having an open truck full of electrical equipment in the field.
So why doesn't someone leave a load of bales of hay in a field/barn and a big sack of carrots with a CCTV camera located nearby, or better still with a police officer hidden in a bale of hay. They couldn't accuse them of entrapment because they would be entitled to have hay etc in a field, its not exactly like having an open truck full of electrical equipment in the field. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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12:17pm Wed 20 Mar 13

Claudius says...

Ah but what would said policeman be accused of for being found in a Bale of hay......all we need is another one being accused of horsing around with the ladies.
Ah but what would said policeman be accused of for being found in a Bale of hay......all we need is another one being accused of horsing around with the ladies. Claudius
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1:48pm Wed 20 Mar 13

titanium says...

For the police, this case could be a tough nut to crack.

In fact it will be worse than looking for a needle in a haystack !.
For the police, this case could be a tough nut to crack. In fact it will be worse than looking for a needle in a haystack !. titanium
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