09 February 2011
Stolen horses, saddles lead to felony charge in Chickasha , Oklahoma
February 9, 2011
Stolen horses, saddles and other tack led to two felony charges filed against a Pauls Valley man in Grady County District Court this week.
Robert Scott Claiborne, 21, was charged with one felony count of larceny of domestic animals and one felony count of second degree burglary.
Court documents show that on September 24, 2011 a business north of Rush Springs reported to the Grady County Sheriff's Office the theft of two horses and four Mock Brothers Saddles, along with five bridles and bits along with other tack.
One of the horses stolen was described as a 10-year-old sorrel gelding with a "skunk" tail. In addition, some of the stolen tack had the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association logo on them.
Records show Claiborne was discovered to be in possession of one of the stolen horses in October while roping calves for a Wynnewood man. The defendant told authorities he had purchased the horse and saddle but had no records of the purchase. Records also show the man Claiborne said he bought the animals and equipment from said he did not sell them to Claiborne.
Authorities report that witnesses place Claiborne and the distinct characteristics of his truck in the vicinity of where the horses were stolen during the timeframe they were stolen.
Upon conviction, the crime of larceny of domestic animals is punishable by imprisonment for three to 10 years. The crime of second degree burglary is punishable by imprisonment for two to seven years.
Ref: Debi Terry The Express-Star The Chickasha Express Star, http://chickashanews.com/local/x1569785313/Stolen-horses-saddles-lead-to-felony-charge, Wed Feb 09, 2011, 02:36 PM CST