Vigilant community helps get local man's stolen property returned

HEARNE, Tex. (KBTX)- Friday night, Roberto Davila headed to his ranch in Hearne to check up on his animals.

When he arrived, he found that a couple of his miniature horses were missing.

“We walked the whole place, walking into the brush at night with flashlights. We couldn’t find them,” said Davila.

Davila says he thought the horses were just hiding and they’d show up eventually. It wasn’t until people started calling him that he realized they’d been stolen.

"They had seen mini horses down the road, across town. There were two teenagers on them. That's when I started putting everything together,” said Davila.

Davila says with tips from the community, he was able to locate his horses Sunday.

“They hadn't been tended to. They were all wrapped up in other tree branches and they were being neglected,” said Davila.

He says the horses were dehydrated and had cuts on them.

Davila breeds and sells the horses for a living.

"They're really stealing out of my livelihood, out of my business."

Since the break-in, he has installed cameras and hopes if someone tries this again, he can catch them in the act.

“They will get caught, so please think twice about your actions before you do them."