Yelm woman claims fake sheriff's deputy stole her horse

YELM, Wash. -- A Thurston County woman claims someone impersonating a sheriff's deputy and two others pretending to be rescue volunteers stole a horse from her farm.

The remote area of the county is definitely horse country, and the impersonation report is raising concerns. However, the sheriff's office said there have no similar reports.

Caitlyn Kennedy runs a small horse farm in Yelm and was boarding a quarter horse buckskin mare named Hellfire that that belonged to Mandy Fischer-Williams of Yelm.

Kennedy said 10-days ago a man in a sheriff's uniform, along with two other people claiming to be animal rescue workers, came to the farm to say they were taking possession of Hellfire.

Kennedy said the man's uniform looked real, so she handed the horse over.

"He was in like a dark uniform. You could see the star. I didn't really see what was on his belt," she said.

Kennedy said the same man had been at the farm earlier to inspect the conditions of all the horses, including the four she owns. But on the night in question, she said they only wanted Hellfire.

"They had multiple complaints about it being neglected, is what his thing was, and he gave me paperwork and it had all of these dates that they supposedly came out," she said.

The problem is, nobody from the Thurston County sheriff's office has been to the property.

"We have not been out there to seize an animal, not at all," said Lt. Greg Elwin.

When Kennedy learned the men were imposters, she checked her surveillance camera from that night. Unfortunately, the video only shows headlights approaching the farm.

Elwin said his team is trying to get to the bottom of the odd incident.

"It's important for us to try and find out is there anybody out there that's pretending to be a Thurston County sheriff's deputy," Elwin said. "We have no information to support that that's happened other than this report, and we've gotten no other reports of this kind of activity."

What doesn't make sense to Kennedy is why someone would go to all that effort for one average horse.

"I don't know. Maybe they sold it to a kill pen," she said.