Thieves even took the horses’ breakfasts in Herringswell stable raid

Lena McCabe's daughter Tara riding Charlie in some of the tack that was stolen, including a unique breastplate (straps across the horse's chest)'Picture by Lorraine Porter Photography ANL-151019-173930001

Lena McCabe's daughter Tara riding Charlie in some of the tack that was stolen, including a unique breastplate (straps across the horse's chest)'Picture by Lorraine Porter Photography ANL-151019-173930001

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Thieves who even took the horses’ breakfast in the third West Suffolk stable raid in two weeks have left the owners baffled.

While they took every bucket, they left portable, high value items at the stables in Herringswell, including an expensive hired power washer.

Lena McCabe’s two horses were in an otherwise empty isolation unit on the farm last Thursday night and when she went to feed them on Friday morning she noticed tracks left by a large vehicle so thought the hire company had picked up the power washer.

But that had just been pushed to one side.

“Half the hay was gone and all the feed,” she said. “They’d taken a metal feed bin full of feed, two plastic bins with mix and that sort of thing.

“Every bucket in there was gone, including the ones with the horse’s made-up breakfasts, a fork and broom – even a bucket of sugar beet that was soaking.”

But putting a locked tack bin in their truck, they forced the padlock and took a dressage saddle that had been marked and registered with Countryside Watch.

Lena said: “It’s unsalable on the open market because if anyone sees anything like that and checks it, it can be identified.”

They also took bits and bridles and a breast plate made specially for her, which has four straps going to the saddle instead of the usual two.

But Lena is puzzled: “They left a good hacking jacket, a racing saddle and a set of clippers. No rugs were taken and they moved good leather headcollars but didn’t take them – they only took old nylon ones. It just doesn’t make sense.”

A Suffolk Police spokesman said the thieves might have dumped the low value items nearby.

“We’d like to know if anyone finds them because that could be a forensic opportunity,” he added. “Let us know if you saw any suspicious activity of vehicles in the area.”

Call PC Richardson at Mildenhall on 101 quoting MH/15/2102.