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Deputies On The Hunt For Horse Mane Thief

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BAUTZEN, GERMANY - APRIL 07:  The plaiting mane of a horse is prepared for the Easter riders procession April 7, 2012 in Wittichenau near Bautzen, Germany. Sorbians, a Slavic minority in eastern Germany, celebrate Easter Sunday with processions of mounted riders dressed in 19th-century outfits who travel from village to village to sing and announce the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Sorbians speak their own language, Sorbian, which is related to Czech and Polish, and maintain a culture rich in traditions, theatre, literature, poetry, education, media and crafts. Since the dissolution of the former East Germany in 1989, Sorbians have seen the unity of their ethnicity erode as young Sorbians have begun to leave for bigger cities while Sorbian institutions see funding from government subsidies cut. Approximately 1,500 Sorbian men participate in the annual Easter riding.  (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

BAUTZEN, GERMANY – APRIL 07: The plaiting mane of a horse is prepared for the Easter riders procession April 7, 2012 in Wittichenau near Bautzen, Germany. Sorbians, a Slavic minority in eastern Germany, celebrate Easter Sunday with processions of mounted riders dressed in 19th-century outfits who travel from village to village to sing and announce the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Sorbians speak their own language, Sorbian, which is related to Czech and Polish, and maintain a culture rich in traditions, theatre, literature, poetry, education, media and crafts. Since the dissolution of the former East Germany in 1989, Sorbians have seen the unity of their ethnicity erode as young Sorbians have begun to leave for bigger cities while Sorbian institutions see funding from government subsidies cut. Approximately 1,500 Sorbian men participate in the annual Easter riding. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

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PUNTA GORDA (CBSMiami/AP) — Deputies in Punta Gorda are searching for a thief who made off with quite an unusual catch: a horse’s mane.

A man reported someone cut the charcoal-colored mane of a horse at his pasture in Punta Gorda, about 100 miles south of Tampa.

The horse’s owner told deputies mane hair can be sold for as much as $250 to $300 a pound. The hair is used for making jewelry, artist brushes and strings for instruments.

The theft is believed to have occurred sometimes between Dec. 1 and Dec. 3.

Anyone with information on who sheared the horse’s mane is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 941-639-2101 or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS.

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