British Columbia

Life-size fibreglass horse stolen from B.C. shopfront in broad daylight

Harry, a life-size fibreglass horse that has guarded the front door of Diamond H Tack Shop in Kelowna, B.C. for nearly 30 years, was loaded into a U-Haul van Monday and driven away. Now the store owners are appealing to the public for help.

Harry has a brown head and torso, a white bottom, wears a blue checkered blanket and stands on a steel frame

Harry, a life-size fibreglass horse, has stood guard in front of Kelowna's Diamond H Tack store for nearly 30 years. He was loaded and driven away in a U-Haul Monday afternoon. (Diamond H Tack Inc./Facebook)

😁😣😀 Harry, a life-size fibreglass horse that has guarded the front door of a saddlery store in Kelowna, B.C. for nearly 30 years, was loaded into a U-Haul van Monday and driven away — in an audacious afternoon theft.

😁😣😀 Now the store owners are appealing to the public for help finding their missing "family" member. 

😁😣😀 "It was stolen from the front of the store while we were working in the store," said Heather Robson, co-owner of Diamond H Tack Shop on Kirchner Rd., told CBC's Daybreak South Wednesday.

😁😣😀 "I'm quite emotionally upset." 

😁😣😀 Kelowna RCMP Sgt. Kevin Duggan said police received a complaint about the stolen horse shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday. 

😁😣😀 "Two people driving a 15-foot U-Haul cube van had pulled up in front of [the store] …and loaded up the fibreglass horse," said Duggan, adding that one of the people appeared on surveillance footage to be a female with blonde hair.

😁😣😀 RCMP confirmed Harry had been spotted in a U-Haul cube van with the number "DC 2372 L" at around 5:30 p.m. on Mills Road, behind a Bed Bath and Beyond store, though the horse's current whereabouts are not known.

Kelowna RCMP confirm that Harry was spotted inside the U-Haul cube van at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, just behind a Bed Bath and Beyond. (Diamond H Tack Inc./Facebook)

😁😣😀 Harry is described as having a brown head and torso with a white bottom, standing 15 hands tall — about five feet — on a steel frame with wheels, and wearing a blue checkered blanket.

😁😣😀 "He's part of the community, and we'd just really like him back," said Robson. "We're a small business. There's five of us that work here. [Harry's] there to open our business, and … to close our business."

😁😣😀 Robson said she and store co-owner Heather Moffat are asking the public to report any sightings of the U-Haul to the police.

😁😣😀 They hope someone might have dashcam footage of the van that would help identify who rented it, so they can "bring some justice to this terrible event."

😁😣😀 With files from Adam van der Zwan and Daybreak South

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