Alpaca Stolen in Warwickshire

16 October 2015

 

After almost 20 years in the alpaca business it saddens us to inform you that we have had an alpaca stolen from our farm this week. We believe at least three people were involved in the robbery. This was not an opportunistic event but took place in broad daylight while we were active on the farm. Indeed we believe, although we cannot prove it conclusively, that we had a interchange with two of the thieves during the robbery.  Two of them with a dog on a lead created a very deliberate distraction whilst a third and possibly a fourth member of the group walked the alpaca off farm.
This was a very professional targeted theft by people who knew what they wanted, knew how to handle alpacas and knew how to execute such an audacious robbery under our noses so  please be vigilant on your own holdings.

This alpaca is a young three year old, mid fawn, much improved female. She was taken from a paddock in the centre of our farm.  We believe she was deliberately chosen and possibly stolen to order. The thieves who know their way around alpacas must have put a halter on this girl and walked her a long way to their transport. They thought nothing of leaving the cria she was feeding in the field. Naturally the cria is suffering with the sudden departure of his mother but
by chance he was one of the older cria and is eating hard feed and we are monitoring him carefully.

We would ask all our fellow alpaca owners to be vigilant in the coming weeks. The alpaca left with a large flag tag in its left ear. Tag No TOF 308.  One would presume this has already been taken out so there will be a hole where it was  or a replacement tag may have been fitted.  She has a Microchip behind her left ear No 982009106226458. She is pregnant for next season, or was when she was taken away.

The Police are now handling this incident. We would ask that all alpaca owners be vigilant. If anyone is offered a good looking improved mid fawn three year old female alpaca in the coming weeks from an unknown source or under suspicious circumstances please carefully check out the provenance of the alpaca and insist on checking the microchip identifier. Should you suspect that this might be  our girl please inform us immediately.

 

Thanks

 

Rob & Shirley Bettinson TOFT Alpacas, +44 (O) 1788 810626, 07973123008, rob@toft-alpacas.co.uk

 

 

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