Polo stolen in midnight raid
Padlocked rails at Blackhillock Farm in Scotland were "kicked off" before Polo was loaded into the back of a trailer.
Police in the area issued an appeal for witnesses to come forward in an attempt to track down the stallion and have unfortunately suggested that the theft may be linked to a string of others in the local area of Aberlour.
Estimated to be worth around £3,500 Farmer and owner of Polo, Alan Cormack spoke to local press about how the thieves committed the crime just 20ft away from his home, before leading him to waiting vehicle.
He said: “When I came out the front door in the morning I could see the gate was pushed in the way – if he’s escaped it would be out the way.
“I could see hoof prints going down the road with foot prints. At the gate the rails had been kicked off so they could open it with the padlocks still on.
“Halfway down there were marks from a vehicle of some description, which had a trailer. That’s where the prints stopped.”
Three other horses were kept in the farm shed but Polo was the only one that was taken.
Police have revealed a quad bike and farm equipment were also stolen at the same time, overnight between Sunday and Monday, from rural properties near Aberlour.
Last night, Speyside Glenlivet councillor Louise Laing urged homeowners to take extra precautions to protect their belongings and beloved animals.
She said: “It’s a shame that people see the dark nights as an opportunity to commit crime.”
Local Constable Andy Main added: “We have received a report regarding the theft of a horse and separately the theft of a quad bike and agricultural equipment from rural properties in the Aberlour area.
“The incidents are believed to have happened overnight between Sunday and Monday.
“We are keeping an open mind as to whether these incidents are linked and would ask that anyone who has information or saw anything suspicious to contact us.”
Anyone with information should contact police by phoning 101.