Police officers detained horse thieves in Khakassia

A criminal case initiated on the grounds of crimes provided for by paragraph “b” part 4 and paragraph “c” part 3 of Article 158 of the Criminal Code in respect of two residents of Khakassia born in 1983 and 1999, is being investigated by the investigative unit of the MIA of Russia Division for the Shirinsky District.

According to the preliminary investigation, the defendants used to steal horses from free pastures in the Shirinsky District with the aim of slaughtering them and further selling the meat. In February, they stole 14 animals, in April - 39. The total material damage to the owners amounted to 2 million 700 thousand rubles. The solving of this crime was made possible by the coordinated actions of criminal investigators, investigators and citizens, as a result of which the horse thieves were detained.

It was established that the offenders had agreed among themselves on the organization of the criminal business. To implement their intent as beaters and slaughterers, they attracted residents of the Novosyolovsky District of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, introducing themselves as owners of the animals. The stolen horses were delivered by private transport to the territory of their own peasant farm. The horses were slaughtered, and even pregnant mares were also slaughtered for processing. The offenders got rid of foals. The meat was sold in one of the neighboring regions.

Operatives of the MIA of Russia Division for the Shirinsky District detained the horse- thieves at the place of residence. Placement to custody was selected by court as the preventive measure for the suspects. The criminal investigation continues.

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