Ten saddles stolen from stable, barn

August 14, 1996|By Erica C. Harrington | Erica C. Harrington,SUN STAFF

Ten saddles were stolen from two locations in western Howard County over the weekend, county police said, and one victim said only the best saddles were taken from among the 40 she owns.

Eight of those saddles were taken from two locked buildings at Longen's Breece Stable in the 3300 block of Pfefferkorn Road in Glenelg, and the other two were taken from an unlocked barn in the 12600 block Old Frederick Road in West Friendship. Both thefts occurred between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday.

Stable owner Peggi Longen said whoever stole her saddles must know about horse equipment because only the most expensive ones were taken. The saddles and a cart taken with them were worth about $8,000.

"There were lots of other saddles, but they only took the cream of the crop," Longen said.

The owner of the other stolen saddles couldn't be reached.

Longen said saddle snatchers often try to resell them at saddle shops, auctions and fairgrounds. She sent descriptions of her missing saddles to dealers in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, but she said stolen saddles usually are resold in the Midwest. Longen said the possibility that the thief is in the horse industry makes the robbery even worse. "Whoever did this knows that we typically don't make a lot of money, so it adds insult to injury. We're stealing from each other."

Police log

Clarksville: 6200 block of Guilford Road: A fax machine, phone and cassette stereo were taken from a construction site trailer between 7 p.m. Sunday and 6: 30 a.m. Monday.

Pub Date: 8/14/96

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