Horse Thieves Strike in Suwannee County

Residents and law enforcement are on alert. Several horses have gone missing lately in Suwannee County.

Matt Lucas, a Suwannee County resident, says, "I think our neighbor’s better really be on their toes around here because we've never had anything stolen that I'm aware of. We have neighbors across the street that have horses and neighbors down the road."

The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office says the most recent case is from a resident off of County Road 252 over the weekend. Another theft was reported just days before.

Back in June, a horse was reported stolen from the small Suwannee County community of O'Brien. The chief of the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office says the suspect did not get far.

Chief Ron Colvin says, "As he was coming home, he noticed a subject that he knew walking a horse down the roadway. Sheriff Cameron himself took over that investigation and in fact found the horse about four miles away, got a confession and arrested the gentleman."

Donnie Wayne Spurlock was arrested for the June 20 incident. As for the latest horse thefts, they are still under investigation, now headed by the Florida Agriculture Law Enforcement Division.

Spurlock has been released on bond. INV Alan Davis of Florida Agriculture Law Enforcement and the owners of the latest missing horses declined an interview.