Police investigate wild pony stolen after famous swim

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (WAVY) — Investigators want the public’s help in finding a wild pony meant to be returned to the wild after Chincoteague’s annual pony swim.

Someone stole the foal from the corral area at the carnival grounds around September 6 or 7. Investigators have not determined an exact date, according to Officer Jessica Young with the Chincoteague Police Department.

The foal, named Dreamer’s Faith, came to Chincoteague Island in late July along with other members of the wild herd. The winning bidder paid somewhere around $7,500 for the pony, and intended for her to be released back into the wild, Young said.

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company will not lose the money paid for Dreamer’s Faith, according to police, but a statement posted on the fire company’s Facebook page expressed anger about the theft:

“We have never encountered anything like this in 90 years, and I say to those responsible, you have ruined a good thing, and you have ruined a good thing for many, many people.”

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Photos of Dreamer’s Faith do not show her freeze brand of “15” on her left rump, according to the fire company. dreamers faith2

Young said investigators are following up on tips and information received since the fire department’s post went up Thursday.

“We are leaving no stone unturned,” said Young, who would not elaborate on whether detectives had since narrowed in on a suspect or motive behind the alleged theft.

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction or arrest.

Anyone with information about the foal is asked to call the Chincoteague Police Department at 757-336-3155.

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