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Henderson County Deputies Looking for Saddle Thief

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. - Deputies are searching for thieves who have been targeting horse trailers, stealing expensive riding equipment throughout the county this past week.

Henderson County Sheriff Brian Duke told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that deputies are investigating four felony thefts involving eight high price riding saddles taken along 104 South in Reagan. The saddles are worth nearly $2,000 each.

"You can't help but think they were specific targets because of what they had and I think there are specific buyers for those types of items," said Sheriff Brian Duke.

Theft victim Anna Stanfill said her horse trailer was cleaned out and that some of the items cannot be replaced.

"They took saddles, bridles, lead reins, anything that might go with a horse, brushes buckets," said Stanfill. "It makes you very mad, I just hope they catch them I'd rather have that then the money for them."

Gina Wood, who had all of her saddles taken, said a price cannot be set for the first saddle she competed for a year to win, now missing.

"I can't replace that saddle, not at all. You can't buy another because it was a trophy," said Wood. "You can't trust anyone anymore."

Standfill said each saddle is unique, because of the memories made while riding.

"The saddles are very sentimental," said Stanfill. "You can't buy back memories."

Stolen in Reagen Area: 14.5 inch round seat Martha Josey Barrel Saddle with clear Rinestone Bling Bling breast collar and matching head stall with black overlay. 14.5 inch Circle Y square seat barrel Saddle with black seat and tooling. Custom made Bob Marshal Circle Y with gold barrell rider, said "High Money Winner."

Sheriff Duke said other riders should be aware across West Tennessee.

If you have any information involving this case or believe you may have come in contact with the stolen saddles and riding equipment, call the Henderson County Sheriff's Department at (731) 968-7777.

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