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Charlotte woman reunited with 7 stolen horses

A Charlotte woman has been reunited with her seven horses after thieves stole them from a Winston-Salem pasture last month.

Two brothers stole the horses on April 29 while owner Amanda Bechtel was in the process of moving to Charlotte, Bechtel said. She had left the horses at a farm off Germanton Road in Winston-Salem under the supervision of her former landlords while she moved, she said.

When she returned to the farm, the horses, used for lessons and trail-riding, were gone, along with all of Bechtel’s tack-room supplies.

After a week of investigating, Forsyth County detectives discovered the suspects sold the horses to a Winston-Salem man. Bechtel recovered the horses on May 9. Three of them were malnourished and remain in Winston-Salem until their weight improves, Bechtel said.

The other four are in the pasture at her new Charlotte-area home.

“They’re getting acclimated to the new place and being back with me,” Bechtel said. “That was the longest they had ever been without me.”

No arrests had been made Saturday.

Steele: 704-358-5067 On Twitter: @steelecs
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