Horse-Napped: Amish Family’s Buggy Taken from Walmart Parking Area
In a bizarre incident that unfolded at a Walmart in Sturgis, Michigan, an Amish family faced an unusual theft when their horse and buggy were stolen while they shopped.
The incident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday, bringing a surprising twist to the peaceful town located 95 miles south of Grand Rapids near the Indiana border.
Buggy Heist at Walmar
The Sturgis Department of Public Safety responded to a call reporting the stolen Amish buggy and horse from the Walmart parking lot at 1500 S. Centerville Road. According to authorities, a vigilant truck driver, parked in the Walmart lot, witnessed a female stealing the buggy and promptly provided a description of the suspect.
Interestingly, the police had already encountered the 31-year-old female suspect earlier that day at the same Walmart, though the details of the prior interaction remained undisclosed. The investigation into why the suspect was initially contacted added an element of mystery to the unfolding story.
Later that evening, police successfully located the stolen horse and buggy. The alleged perpetrator was found at a nearby motel, where she was apprehended without incident.
The suspect, whose name was not disclosed, was subsequently taken into custody and lodged at the St. Joseph County Jail. She faces charges of larceny and larceny of livestock, with an arraignment pending.
Mystery at the Walmart Parking Lot
Fortunately, the stolen horse was unharmed during the ordeal, and both the horse and the buggy were returned to the bewildered Amish family. The peculiar nature of the incident left the community in disbelief, as such crimes are highly uncommon in the tranquil town of Sturgis.
While the motive behind the theft remains unclear, the incident highlights the unexpected challenges faced by even the most traditional communities.
As the legal proceedings unfold, the residents of Sturgis are left grappling with the curiosity and surprise brought about by this peculiar theft at their local Walmart, a place where community members likely never anticipated such an incident occurring.