Last week detectives from Mareeba Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad (SARCIS) recovered a stolen horse that had been missing from the Tablelands for over two years.
When this distinctive Appaloosa mare went missing from a property in Wondecla at the beginning of 2015, her owner made a plea on social media for everyone to keep an eye out for her. As time waned she started to lose hope that her beautiful horse would be found alive, and put the disappearance down to a snake bite.
Owner Rebecca Magro was last week talked into one final social media plea by a friend which netted a result. After receiving a private message in relation to her missing horse, Miss Magro took the information to detectives from Mareeba Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad (SARCIS), along with photographs which helped identify the horse.
SARCIS detectives are encouraging animal owners to not only invest their time in taking photos of their animals, but also to have their animals micro-chipped which assisted in confirming that this was a stolen horse.
Plain Clothes Constable Michael Hinchcliffe stated that the team was very happy that they could reunite this horse with it’s owner.
“It was extremely helpful that the owner took proactive steps and photographed and microchipped her horses. This greatly assisted our investigations,” said Plain Clothes Constable Hinchcliffe.
A 38-year-old Atherton man has been charged with stealing an animal that is stock and is expected to appear in the Atherton Magistrates Court on March 7.
SARCIS detectives would like to thank the public for providing the breakthrough in this investigation, and encourage other people with knowledge of stolen animals or other criminal activities to contact Crime Stoppers in a timely manner and report the information to assist police.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.