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Horse stolen from Queen Creek boarding facility

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A 17-year-old girl's beloved horse was stolen in the middle of the night.  It's not the type of theft you usually hear about.  In fact, the sheriff's deputy who responded says it's the first time he's ever heard of such a case.

The girl and her family say they know it isn't much, but they're putting up a $1,000 reward for the safe return of the stunning quarter horse.

The family is concerned someone may try to sell the horse, who the teen calls her best friend.

The corral is empty.  It's typically home to a dapple gray quarter horse named Laredo.

"He's my best friend.. just come out and him not be here was devastating," said Sarah Evans, Laredo's owner.

The horse is believed to have been stolen from Queen Creek Monday night.  Laredo disappeared from the property where he was being boarded near Rittenhouse and Cloud Road.

"His halter was gone, his stall was still open and there really weren't any tracks to follow and he was just gone.  I knew somebody took him," said Evans.

Property owner Brian Reed said, "Her and that horse are inseparable.  It just breaks my heart."

Reed discovered the halter and horse were gone Tuesday morning.  He says when Evans wasn't riding Laredo, she was with the horse.

"I think I've seen her more than once sitting out here, doing her homework on the horse sometimes.." he said.

They suspect whoever stole the horse rode him out and will try to sell him.

"I hope I'm going to get him back.  I've been putting things all over Facebook, Craigslist.. I've paid money to put him on horse theft web sites where they send it out. I have friends checking the auctions," said Evans.

Reed, a former sheriff's deputy, says none of the other horses on the property were touched and no other equipment was taken -- just Evans' horse and his black and blue nylon halter.

"You don't' see horse thieves now days.  It really bothers me that somebody makes other people victims," said Reed.

"He's pretty much my pride and joy in my family.  It just sucks so much that somebody took him away from me," said Evans.

UPDATE: The horse was found in Pinal County, way too far for him to walk on his own. Police believe thieves, spooked by media attention, ditched him.  

Related story: Woman refuses reward money after finding missing horse


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