Stolen horses found in backyard of vacant house

- Coco and Nick are back home at Isabella Farms in Cypress, but their thieves are still on the loose. The horses were stolen late Wednesday night by at least two men who tore down part of the fence, went into a barn, and left with the horses.

About 12 hours later, a landscaper noticed the horses in the backyard of a vacant home about a mile and a half away.

“Sometimes that’s how these stories work out. It’s just a random person who notices things,” said Bryn Oliver, Nick’s owner.

“I was hopeful that I would find them and we did. And in such quick time, too,” said Dawn Chamorro, co-owner of Isabella Farms, and Coco’s owner.

The theft was caught on surveillance video. Chamarro says a third man was seen running away without a horse. She believes they are the same men who have stolen from her property in the past couple of weeks. She says she got the cameras installed about a week ago in response to the thefts.

“We’ll be on alert for a while until we kind of know that those people are behind bars,” added Chamorro. Her family is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can help police find the suspects.

Joel Dawson, a neighbor, says he believes he saw them last night in the Ravensway subdivision.

“They didn’t give me any reason to call the cops. The only thing out of the ordinary was the time of night. They handled the horses. The horses were calm,” said Dawson.

He was driving and pulled up to the men who he says were black, maybe 18-years-old, wearing jeans, t-shirts, and tennis shoes. He says one of the men was carrying a back-pack.

“I said, ‘How are y’all tonight?’ [They replied,] ‘Oh we’re doing fine.’ I said ‘What barn are you from?’ And without any hesitation said, ‘Oh, we’re not from a barn. We’re from my uncle’s house. He lives down there across the street. We were having a party. So, we decided to take the horses out. And, they’re his and we’re taking them back right now,’” Dawson recalled.

Oliver says the horses were in fair condition after being found. They were both dehydrated and Nick had a sore neck.

Anyone with information can contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000 or call Isabella Farms at 281-955-8200.

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