|Updated: 12/05/2011 4:48 pm
||Published: 12/05/2011 3:01 pm
MAGNOLIA, AR. (AP) - Officials at Southern Arkansas University say an arrest has been made in the theft of five rodeo horses last month.
University officials called a news conference for 3:30 p.m. Monday to announce details of the break in the case. The school says two people wanted in the case are on the loose.
Also taken was a livestock trailer, along with other items. Four of the horses were found malnourished but alive in eastern Oklahoma in a wooded area on Nov. 15, almost two weeks after the Nov. 2 theft. The last missing horse, named Credit Card, was found dead.
According to police, Jaci Rae Jackson, 18, of McCurtain County, Okla., was arrested during a traffic stop on Monday, Dec. 5, by the Arkansas State Police. She was taken to the Columbia County Detention Facility and charged with six felony counts related to the theft. The charges include three counts of theft of property over $25,000, a Class B felony, and three counts of theft of property between $5,000 and $25,000, a Class C felony. She is also being held on three felony charges out of Oklahoma, including bringing stolen property into the state, knowingly concealing stolen property, and cruelty to animals.
No other warrants have been issued in Arkansas as of yet, but police expect more arrest to be made in the days and weeks to come.
“Our investigation is still ongoing,” said SAU Police Chief Eric Plummer. “Other suspects are known to be involved. We will work this case until everyone involved is brought to justice.”
Police say warrants have been issued for the missing suspects, who are thought to be in Oklahoma.
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