Thieves Take Off with Thousands at Local Horse Show

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- About a half a dozen horse trainers at the Iowa Show Circuit claim thousand of dollars were stolen from their stalls this week.

According to the Iowa State Fairground police reports, the thefts happened between midnight and 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

Anna Terry is just one of a handful of trainers who had thousands of dollars worth of furniture and horse supplies stolen.

"We didn't realize until we got here in the morning that normally, we have all our syringes and med s were taken so we probably have about 500 dollars in meds stolen alone," Terry said.

The event showcases Quarter horses and is one of the top showcases in the country. It's also the largest Quarter horse event held in Iowa.

"It's upsetting this is a big show and you come here and this is the last of your concerns, having your stuff stolen from you," she said.

Several trainers filed a police report and also asked for more security around the horse barns. Fairground's Marking Director, Mindy Williamson, said security was increased after the incident.

"We do have people on the ground walking through those barns and we have security cameras outside of the barns and we have lots of things in place to make sure people are milling about making sure things are secure."

The grounds are patrolled by security guards and uniformed officers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Normally, when there are animal showings the buildings are not locked so handlers can tend to their animals overnight. During those times, Williamson said officers making patrol inside the buildings.

After talking with police, Terry said the guard did not see any people or trucks pull up to the horse barn.

So far, none of the items have been recovered by police.


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