Social media and a vigilant horseman played an important role in the recovery of a stolen horse trailer.
When Aiken resident Claudia White left the barn she keeps her horses in last Saturday evening, around 6:30 p.m., her Ford F350 four-door truck, and six-horse trailer were still on the property.
However, when she returned the next morning at 8 a.m., the truck and trailer were missing. White filed a report with the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
"The fence line was down, and I said, 'Oh my gosh, someone stole my truck and trailer,'" said White.
The horseman informed authorities and an organization called Stolen Horse International, also known as the NetPosse.com, that issues alerts through the use of social media.
But, it was where the horse trailer ended up that was a surprise.
A routine trip to the Walmart in Walterboro by Erhardt horseman Denna Rentz was anything but ordinary, as she astutely observed the trailer in the retail establishment's parking lot.
Rentz had just purchased a trailer, and noticed there was no truck with the trailer, said Debbie Metcalfe of Stolen Horse International.
Later in the day, Rentz went on her computer, checked her email and Facebook messages, and saw a link with a picture of a recently-stolen horse trailer.
The horseman's quick thinking had her contacting White and informing the Aiken resident that her trailer may be in Walterboro, said Metcalfe.
The Aiken resident contacted authorities in Watlerboro on Monday. The trailer was impounded Monday evening. White made the trip to Walterboro to positively identify the trailer and to see if it was drivable on Tuesday, and brought the trailer to the repair shop on Wednesday. The truck is still missing.
"I was lucky, but the trailer was damaged," said White. "I recovered the trailer because of Facebook and the amazing power of social media."
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