Detectives track down stolen barn items at pawn shops
HOUSTON Detectives were notified on Wednesday by the Alvin Police Department that a pawn shop owner had called them to report two suspicious men trying to sell him three saddles, boots, felt cowboy hats, bridals, leads and stirrups, according to a Brazoria County Sheriff's Office press release. Alvin police arrived at the pawn shop and saw two men walking out of the shop and loading saddles into a blue Chevy Suburban and questioned them. The saddles in the suspects' possession matched those that had been reported stolen a day earlier during burglary at a barn in the 600 block of Westfield Lane in the Pearland area. During that burglary, a total of 14 leather and synthetic style horse saddles were taken along with an array of accessories, bridals, leads, stirrups. The stolen items total about $20,750. Brazoria County detectives identified the two suspects, and released them pending further investigation. The burglary victim also positively identified the saddles as his stolen items. Detectives found the rest of the stolen saddles through a web-based search of pawnshops in Brazoria and Harris counties. Authorities are withholding the identities of the suspects until the investigation is completed.