Man arrested in connection with horse theft and animal cruelty.
PALMETTO, Fla. (WWSB) - A St. Petersburg man has been arrested in connection with the theft and slaughter of a horse that happened in December of 2019.
Using surveillance video, Eladio Garcia Gasca was determined to be at the scene of the crime.
The horse was stolen from a stable in Palmetto and was later found deceased sometime in the overnight hours of Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, 2019. The theft was captured on camera.
Officials say the horse had been slaughtered for meat . Garcia was charged with Grand Theft and Animal Cruelty.
Sometime between 5p.m. on Dec. 1, 2019 and 8 a.m. on Dec. 2, 2019, unknown suspects forced entry through the locked gate to the victim’s property and stole her horse.
Deputies and the victim searched the surrounding area and later located the horse deceased in a nearby field. The horse had been slaughtered for the meat.
On Dec. 5, 2019, deputies obtained surveillance video from the property where the horse was stolen and later found slaughtered (5800 block of Buckeye Rd. in Palmetto).
The male who was then unidentified was seen walking up to the stables around 11:34 p.m.
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