Stolen horses returned to Mitchell, Qld
|Stolen horses returned to Mitchell, Qld - 3rd Aug 2012|
Nine valuable Quarter Horses stolen from a Mitchell, Qld, property have been mysteriously returned after a major police and media campaign to find those responsible.|
Horse owner Will Campbell last saw the horses two weeks ago on this parent's property, Bowood, 12km west of Mitchell.
All nine horses were returned to the cattle yards on Bowood some time before Wednesday morning.
All are said to be in poor condition and one gelding has a serious rope burn around his neck.
Mr Campbell was left devastated by the theft and, together with local police, launched a major campaign to find the horses.
He has no doubt that the response from the general public on social media and the support of the wider media had led to the horses being returned.
"I have been overwhelmed by the support that everyone has shown, including a lot of people who don't even know me," he said.
"This story was all over Facebook and the general media and obviously who ever took them realised they were going to get caught and decided to give them back."
Mr Campbell had conducted a major search on horseback, motorbike and even in a gyro-copter for the horses before altering the police to the theft on Monday morning.
The horses were estimated to be worth up to $70,000.
The theft is still being investigated by police and senior constable Chad Jenkins, from the Roma stock squad, said anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers.com.au
"We would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance," he said.
"Our investigations are continuing and we would like to hear from anyone who has information about who was responsible for either taking or returning the horses."