Three men pleaded guilty to swiping a concrete horse from a yard in Kerrmoor, Clearfield County.
We have more on why today’s trip to court left the victim unsettled.
The victim says she heard the thieves joking. She knows they’re young, but worries about their character.
Tanner Alley, 19, Olanta; Devan Kerin, 21, Olanta; and Trevon Pennington, 21, Curwensville, all pleaded guilty to a lesser third-degree criminal mischief charge.
The judge ordered one-year of probation and more than $600 in costs, including a three-way split for $575 in restitution.
The complaints say Kerin, Pennington, and roommates had a party in February on Sloppy Road in Ansonville, where they kept talking about the horse, and how it would look good in the living room.
So, they bungee-corded it into the back of Kerin’s car, breaking the ears when they kept dropping it, the complaint states.
The victim says she got Thunder while helping her husband’s friend clean junk from an Indiana County home several years ago, and it disappeared at a sad time — the night of her stepdad’s funeral.
“I’m glad it’s done. I feel bad because he can’t be fixed. Even if we have another horse cast, it’s not going to be Thunder,” says owner Sandy Fink Barrett.
“It was kind of upsetting because we know these people and you just don’t think that would happen here,” says neighbor Bob Sloppy.
Barrett says she posted pleas on Facebook. The complaint says she got a tip 11 days later. Her husband says it took four men to lift Thunder and bring him home.