Manatee Sheriffs identify person of interest in horse theft and slaughter

Early this week, unknown suspects forced entry through the locked gate to the victim’s property and stole her horse.

Horse thief Person of interest

Deputies and the victim searched the surrounding area and later located the horse deceased in a nearby field. The horse had been slaughtered for the meat.

On Thursday, Manatee County deputies obtained surveillance video from the property (5800 block of Buckeye Rd, Palmetto) where a horse was stolen and later found slaughtered during the overnight hours of 12/01 – 12/02.

The unidentified male seen walking up the stables around 11:34 pm on 12/01 is being considered a person of interest at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Manatee County Sheriff’s at (941) 747-3011 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $3000, call Manatee Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477 (TIPS) or visit to submit an anonymous web tip.

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