Two further arrests in Arkansas horse theft probe

December 8, 2011

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Two people have been arrested in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, as authorities continue work on the case of the five horses stolen from Southern Arkansas University's Mulerider Stables.

Shaun Smith and Credit Card, the horse who was killed after being stolen from SAU. © Southern Arkansas University
Deputies in the county arrested Mickie Lynn Carter, 32, and Charles Tramble, 30, on Monday night.

Each stands accused of knowingly concealing stolen items. The pair are not charged in relation to the theft of the horses, taken in an overnight raid on the stables early in November. They have been freed on bond of $US15,000 pending a court appearance.

Captain Ryan Dunn, of the McCurtain County Sheriff's Office, said the pair have been charged in relation to tack taken in the raid on the stables early in November.

He confirmed to Horsetalk it was the same equipment recovered from a heavily wooded area in McCurtain County eight days after the horses went missing.

"We have no reason to believe they were involved in the actual theft," he said. It is alleged the pair came into possession of some of the stolen items following the theft, he added.

Dunn said the investigation was ongoing, but there were no further outstanding arrest warrants in Oklahoma at this time.

The stables were raided overnight on November 2. Five horses belonging to members of the university's nationally competitive rodeo team were stolen, with the offenders using a horse transporter parked at the stables.

The thieves also removed items of tack.

Earlier this week, campus police earlier announced the arrest of Jaci Rae Jackson, 19, who is charged in relation to the theft of the horses.

She is due to have her first court appearance this week.