BERKS COUNTY, Pa. – Pennsylvania State Police have identified a suspect in a series of thefts between June 20 and June 27 at two farms on Red Corner Road in Union Township and a farm on Bieber Lane in Amity Township. At least 11 individuals owned or boarded horses at those farms. The stolen items included English and Western style saddles, bridles, halters, saddle pads, stirrups, reins, blankets, jackets and various leather gear.
One of the victims was made award that her saddle was listed as “for sale” on a Facebook page that was created specifically for equine equipment. The same Facebook page listed dozens of other equine pieces of equipment for sale and most of which were uploaded to the site on June 28 and and June 29.
Investigators made observations from the background of the photographs and used information from the Facebook page to verify the location of the items which was the 300 block of Chestnut Street, in Pottstown. On July 2, State Police executed a search warrant on the residence with the assistance of the Pottstown Police Department. A large amount of equine equipment was recovered along with 11 saddles. The estimated amount of the recovery is valued at about $18,000.
It was also determined that Avery Whyte, 28, was in possession of the equipment and was attempting to sell them on her equine Facebook page. An arrest warrant was obtained charging her with Receiving Stolen Property.
State Police are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Whyte to contact them.