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New Details Emerge in Mysterious Case of Stolen Chincoteague Pony

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Door front facade of Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department featuring a pony, the mascot of the island town. (Photo: WBOC) Door front facade of Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department featuring a pony, the mascot of the island town. (Photo: WBOC)

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. -- Chincoteague town officials have new details about the mysterious case of a pony stolen from a corral two weeks ago. 

Roe Terry, spokesperson for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, who is also tasked exclusively with looking out for the Virginia-based ponies, said there's been a break in the case.

"A white full-size pickup, a dually pickup with a white horse trailer, was seen inside the corral within the time frame of the missing pony," said Terry.

A second car may also be involved.

"A little white, small electric car single-seater we think belongs to someone here on the island," he said.

"We haven't been able to confirm that yet, but evidently someone came by the fence and saw two people supposedly trying to catch a pony, and they stopped and said something to them," said Terry.

The news is still a shock to many in town.

"I can't believe it," said David Langsburger. "I mean it's been forever. It doesn't make any sense to me. Why would anybody do that?"

Jonh Clarke of Georgetown, Del. is asking similar questions.

"I know it's broken a lot of people's hearts, but I have a feeling that before the dust all settles they'll find out who did it," said Clarke.

Main Street's Sundial bookstore owner Johnathan Richstein says ponies and horses are a huge tourist attraction for the island and the local economy.

"Back in 1947, Margaret Henry published her famous children's book Misty of Chincoteague," said Richstein, a book that later went on to gain worldwide success.

Ever since, Chincoteague has been renowned for its annual pony swims, pony penning and just about everything to do with horses.

The fire department says it hopes the new information will lead to the culprits.

"Thank God we've got all the loyal supporters of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company out there helping us.  Thank you very much," said Terry.

The missing pony named Dreamer's Faith is about five-months old, light brown with white markings on her left side and has the number 15 branded on her hip.

Authorities urge anyone with information to contact the Chincoteague Police Department or the volunteer fire department with information about the persons responsible or information about the whereabouts of the pony.

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