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* Donations Benefiting Santa Cruz County Teen Equestrian Program Stolen

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The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two male suspects in connection with stealing a donation jar from a market in the unincorporated town of Corralitos on Friday. Deputies received a call from Four Corners Market reporting that a donation jar for the Gwen Davies Horsemanship on Sans Road in Watsonville was stolen. Gwen Davies Horsemanship at Apple Crest Farm, located on Sans Road, not far from the Four Corners Market, teaches girls to train and rehab Arabian horses for competitions. Member of Gwen Davies Horsemanship are traveling to a National competition in Idaho later this month and the donations were intended to assist in the cost of gas, food and lodging, deputies said.

Without the funds, deputies said, the girls will not be able to go to the competition and will forfeit their entry fees. The Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and the Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriff’s Posse donated a total of $600 to help the girls achieve their goal of $1,000, according to deputies. A female employee at the Four Corners Market, who declined to give her name, said that the suspects worked together to steal the donation jar by distracting the employee who was working at the time. While one suspect inquired about beer to distract the employee, another stole the jar.

“We were so excited for the girls, we thought we could help them… It’s not something we normally do, but they always come into the store. They’re so excited, so cute,” the woman said. The employee estimated that the money in the jar had been closer to $50 or $75. Surveillance video inside the store shows both suspects. The suspects are described as two Hispanic males wearing blue jeans. The first suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up. The second suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and a black jacket over the sweatshirt, deputies said. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the burglary.

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