Sheriff’s Office: Man accused of stealing horse says animal was actually stolen from him
A Kings County man was recently arrested for allegedly stealing a horse and reportedly told investigators the horse had actually been stolen from him, and that he’d simply taken the animal back.
On the morning of Thursday, May 19, a deputy responded to the 15000 block of Grangeville Boulevard to investigate an alleged horse theft. The victim told the deputy that his horse, Trigger, had been stolen.
The fence surrounding the property had also been cut, and there were horse tracks and shoe impressions left behind, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Rural Crimes Task Force personnel later took over the investigation and, following up on tips, ultimately located Trigger at a property in Laton, just over the county line in Fresno County.
A man at the property, identified as 50-year-old Miguel Arellano, reportedly told investigators that Trigger actually belonged to him and had been stolen two years ago, and that he was simply taking his horse back.
Despite this claim, Arellano was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and vandalism, as well as a possession charge after authorities reportedly found meth on him. He was booked on $20,000 bail.