RCMP investigate what appears to be attempted horse thefts in Cherry Creek area

They cut fences and opened gates and allowed horses to escape

Kamloops This Week

They cut fences and opened gates and allowed horses to escape.

But, the animals were rounded up by their owners before the culprits could complete their rustling attempt and load the animals into a stock trailer.

Kamloops Mounties are now looking for those behind suspected horse thefts in Cherry Creek this month.

Staff Sgt. Doug Aird of the Kamloops Rural RCMP said the latest incident took place on Saturday at about 9 p.m. on Cactus Road, where a homeowner noticed someone had cut the wire fence, allowing eight horses to escape.

The horses were then rounded up.

That incident was preceded by a similar occurrence on April 9 when, at 10:14 p.m., a homeowner on the same road saw that someone had removed chains from the gate, allowing horses to run free.

All the animals were caught and returned.

Aird said a  Subaru was seen in the area and left when the property owner tried to get a licence-plate number. In addition, a truck with a stock trailer was seen driving slowly on the roads at the same time.

Aird said neither of the vehicles were known to the property owner.

Anybody with information on the incidents is asked to call the Kamloops Rural RCMP detachment at 250-314-1800 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.