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Thieves steal hundreds worth in equipment from childrens equine therapy center


In Hopkins County, someone broke into a childrens equine therapy center, taking hundreds of dollars worth of equipment. 

Owners of the equine center say about $700 worth of medicine and other items were stolen, and now Kentucky State Police are trying to find the ones responsible for the crime.

Carrie McColl owns the barn on Brown Badgett Loop and says on Tuesday night when she stopped in to get some Christmas lights, her stuff was scattered everywhere and the back door was broken into.

"I was looking around and I was like well someone's been in this room. It's almost like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, someone's been sleeping in my bed," said McColl.

McColl quickly called police and within minutes she realized the burglar or burglars weren't far from her barn.

"As I'm on the phone with dispatch I go I think they're still here and the trooper was here within 10 minutes," said McColl. "We tried to catch them but we could hear them crashing around in the woods and it's pitch black, there's no way we could see anything," she said.

Among the stolen items were horse tranquilizers, pure forms of iodine, epinephrine, and other medicine. McColl says her horses are at another barn, but she keeps a lot of supplies here that are essential to treat the animals during emergencies.

"They could cut a leg today, and I'd need antibiotics tonight, it'd be that quick. We could have one that either sustained a fracture of a bowed tendon. It would need one gram of tranquilizer to keep them calm and comfortable," said McColl.

McColl says she's heard that some of these stolen items mixed with others can be used to manufacture drugs, and she's troubled by the thought of someone stealing their property for that use.

"We work with children and adults with disabilities and to know that maybe this product that we had in our barn used for something good is going to be used for something evil, that's terrible," said McColl.

State police say they're continuing to investigate and if you have any information on this case, contact their office.

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