Secure your outbuildings, warn police
POLICE are hunting thieves who made off with thousands of pounds worth of riding equipment from a stable near Bruton.
The incident took place overnight on Monday, September 16 and Tuesday, September 17 at Oak Wood Farm, North Brewham.
Nine saddles, seven bridles, a chainsaw and various drills were stolen from the premises, with a total value of £5,000.
Debra Moger, who owns the premises and lives 40 yards away from the ransacked tack room, said she is still taking inventory and is not yet sure of the full extent of the theft.
She said: "They hadn't focussed on quality items, they just seemed to grab what they could. There was stuff that had fallen on the floor that they hadn't picked up.
"I know some of the horses would have been spooked and made a lot of noise which perhaps scared them off, although we didn't hear anything.
"We feel that they must have staked the place out before as it's not visible from the road, and Monday was the first night that we had brought horses in from the fields."
Mrs Moger revealed that the family were able to pin-point the exact time the theft had occurred as the thieves disabled the outside light, which tripped the electricity in the tack room. The following morning they found an electric timer stopped at 2am.
She added: "It's a horrible feeling that someone else has been in your premises and taken your belongings."
Wincanton Neighbourhood Beat Sergeant, Dean Hamilton said: "We are seeing a lot of thefts from outbuildings and farms and would urge people to make sure their premises and contents are secure."
Anyone who may have any information about the incident is urged to contact the non-emergency police number 101.