MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami-Dade Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating two stolen horses.READ MORE: Federal Government's N95 Masks Distribution Starts Monday
They say the steeds were taken from Mario’s Ranch located in the 12300 block of Northwest 154th Street on Thursday, September 20th, shortly before 9:30 p.m.
Owner Marlon Fernandez said he is lost without the two horses that he considers his family.
Cameras set up on his cousin’s farm in Hialeah caught a man roaming the property. By the time Fernandez woke up the next day, his horses Diesel and Shot Gun were gone. He said he has had them since they were colts. He kept them happy and healthy and trained them for the rodeo.
“This isn’t a car that I can replace or a boat that I can buy another one just like it,” Fernandez said. “They’re family members.”
Surveillance video shows a man in the barn at 9:30 p.m. Thursday night. He moved the camera in the opposite direction of where the horses were, before walking away with the animals which are each valued at $15,000.
“The $15,000 they’re worth is the least of my worries,” he said. “I want my horses back.”READ MORE: Mark Rosenberg Acknowledges He Resigned As FIU President Because ‘I Caused Discomfort For A Valued Employee’
The Miami-Dade Police Department, the Department of Agriculture and the South Florida SPCA are all on the case. But Fernandez said with every hour that passes, his worry grows stronger.
“They do steal horses and some of the time they sell them on the black market,” he said. “I’m going to find you, just bring my horses back.”
Both of Fernandez’s horses are branded. At this point, he said he is not thinking of the worst case scenario, he just wants them back safe and sound.
Police said an unknown individual entered the farm and took the animals.
The horses are described by police as:
- Brown Horse: Chestnut Quarter Gelding, branded with “FD” on the front left.
- White Horee: Palomino Gelding, branded with “SE” on the rear left.
SEEKING INFORMATION: #MDPD needs your help in locating the two horses stolen from Mario’s Ranch located at 12321 NW 154th Street. Anyone with information regarding this theft is urged to contact #MDPD Detective Carmona at (305) 252-8311 or @CrimeStopper305 at (305) 471-8477. pic.twitter.com/KM7N8vhxev
— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) September 29, 2018
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Anyone with information regarding this theft is urged to contact #MDPD Detective Carmona at (305) 252-8311 or Crime Stopper at (305) 471-8477.