The nefarious, nighttime shenanigans of a pair of horse and mule thieves on skateboards has finally been set right. Six weeks ago, Topper the horse and Oliver the mule, who were themselves on skateboards, were roped and led off one Saturday evening by two miscreants. The duo broke into the Children’s Museum at James Monroe School and took their fiberglass equine contraband from the school’s Lake Street corral.
On Tuesday, 60 sixth graders and several adults celebrated the return of their animals to the main street of the museum’s old western town. Thanks to an alert neighbor, the school’s principal, and a local businessman, the animals now stand ready once again to welcome elementary students from across the Valley to the local interactive, Old-West setting.
After gaining entrance to the school grounds on the night of the crime, the rustlers pushed the animals to the far corner of the playground and lifted them over the fence. Then the criminals climbed the fence and dragged the horse and mule to Merced Street.
After mounting their skateboards, the thieves, each pulling an animal, set out down the street. Unfortunately, Topper and Oliver couldn’t maintain their balance and took several tumbles, which slowed the culprits down and made their detection possible, but left the animals broken and busted...