Law enforcement officials have recovered more than $10,000 worth of horseback riding equipment from an Eagleville man following a joint investigation by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and Murfreesboro Police Department.
Stanley Wise, 23, is accused of stealing saddles from multiple residents in late January, according to a Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office press release.
He has since been charged with two counts of felony theft for allegedly having multiple saddles – one of which was custom made – that belonged to two victims.
"Through an investigation with Sheriff's Office and Murfreesboro Police Department, it was revealed that he had in his possession four saddles that belonged to two victims," said Jim Tramel, a Rutherford County detective.
Three other saddles have also been recovered but remain unclaimed.
The saddles were reportedly stolen Jan. 24 from a residence on Rhodes Lane and Jan. 22 at a Cainsville Pike home.
When the saddles were recovered, Wise was being held on aggravated burglary charges from Bedford County.
A preliminary hearing in the theft case has since been scheduled for Monday, March 11, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.
Authorities are also looking into whether other suspects worked alongside Wise to steal the saddles, and the matter remains under investigation.
Anyone with information about the suspects are urged to call the Jim Tramel, a detective with the Sheriff’s Office, at 615-904-3055.