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A burglary this week could put a local charity’s work in jeopardy.
According to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded, Monday, to 1913 Belltown Rd. in Bedford in reference to a burglary.
A resident there had stepped out on his front porch at approximately 10 a.m. and saw two men on the front deck to his office that is separate from the residence. He began to run towards the office and the two men fled into the woods behind the property. A perimeter was established by responding deputies and a K9 unit responded to the scene, but the suspects were unable to be located.
The victim of the burglary was Astride with Pride, a therapeutic riding program. According to Stormie Shelton, who heads the non-profit organization, the burglars made off with $4,000 in checks and cash.
“That money was supposed to get our horses through the winter,” Shelton said. “We did a fundraiser to get that money.”
The therapeutic riding program serves children with physical or mental disabilities.
“I’m not sure how the program is going to make it with that kind of loss,” Shelton commented, saying that losing this money puts the whole future of the program in jeopardy.
Shelton said that there have been a number of small thefts — somebody stealing gasoline — in the neighborhood over the past six weeks.
“Some of the neighbors up and down the road have been hit,” she said.
The suspects in Monday’s burglary were described as two black males wearing black clothing, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Anyone with information in reference to this incident is asked to contact the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.