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More Arrests Made In Horse Statue Theft

Wichita Falls police arrest more people in connection to the theft of a horse sculpture.

Police arrested James Gunter May, 23, and Alyssa Nicole Wilkinson, 20. Wilkinson is Kristina Ann Woeller's, 19, roommate. Woeller was also arrested. 

Police said a crime stoppers tip led them to Woeller's apartment at Hunter's Crossing. Officers said they found parts of the horse sculpture, scattered throughout the apartment.

Woeller told police two men left the horse at her apartment. She said she didn't call police because she didn't want to get in trouble for something she didn't do.

Wilkinson also told police she didn't contact them because she didn't want to get in trouble and have her child taken away by Child Protective Services.

According to the arrest affidavit, May admitted to taking the horse statue with another person. He told police, him and another person pushed the horse statue over and brought it back the apartment rented by Woeller.

May said he really didn't think it was such a big deal until he saw it being reported on crime stoppers. May said he and the other person panicked and cut the horse up so they could get rid of it a piece at a time.

May and Wilkinson are charged with Theft. Woeller is charged with Possession of Stolen Property.

Miss Silver Buckles, the horse sculpture that has stood in front of Tangles Salon for three years, was found broken in several pieces.

Tangles Salon's owners reported Miss Buckles stolen at approximately 8 a.m. Wednesday when the shop opened for business. Surveillance video showed suspects knock Miss Buckles over, then at a later time put the sculpture into an SUV and leave the scene. The salon's owners told police someone had stripped the bolts holding the horse down on March 1.

The sculpture is valued at $10,000. It was part of The Mane Event Auction in 2009 which benefited Leadership Wichita Falls.

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