The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office has arrested and charged a Nebraska woman for stealing horses that were entrusted to her to sell from a rural Storm Lake residence.
On July 5, 2000, the residence at 688 Highway 110 reported an alleged theft or improper disposal of four horses that had been removed in November of 1997, according to B.V. County Deputy Doug Simmons.
After several months of investigation the Sheriff's Office learned that the horses were taken from the residence and to Nebraska and were sold.
Following the investigation, the B.V. County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged Mildred Cole, 47 of Pappillion, Neb., with one count of theft in the second degree, a class D felony. After an appearance in Buena Vista County Court, she posted bond and was released.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Cole had been authorized to sell the horses for the person who reported the theft, and had removed the horses from the residence in November of 1997.
However, apparently Cole never had contact with the person after removing the horses, and the victim had been trying to recover the horses on his own until finally reporting it to the Sheriff's Office in July.
The four horses were not recovered. The value is $5,000.