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Charlottetown police cruiser
Islanders are being asked to keep an eye out for someone trying to sell sets of harnesses stolen from Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
“We had a report of a theft of four sets of harness from Red Shores (Thursday) night,” said Charlottetown Deputy Police Chief Gary McGuigan. “There is an investigation and we would ask for the public’s assistance.”
Horse owners are also asking horse people across the Island to keep an eye on unusual efforts to sell.
“We put a little note up on our Facebook page to ask our horse community friends to keep and eye out just in case these items show up somewhere,” said Tom Clark, board member of the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owners Association.
“It’s our second occurrence over the last, we’ll say couple of months, where harnesses and other tack items have been stolen,” said Clark.
The first time it happened the thief’s efforts to sell gave him away. Clark says he thinks someone was caught but there wasn’t enough of a case to warrant a criminal charge. The culprit was not a member of the race track community and did have a history of criminal activity, said Clark.
In this second incident the harness was in good shape and worth a lot of money.
“They were weeks old, not years old,” said Clark. “A set of harnesses is easily a $500 item and might be more than that.
“It can add up quickly for folks,” he said. “It’s hard to just scratch up a couple of thousands dollars to go out and replace these right away.
“It’s difficult on the community,” said Clark.
The most recent theft involved a break and enter and there wasn’t racing the night the gear went missing.
“We are working with Red Shores to see if there is way that they can help with the security aspect there,” said Clark.