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St. Pete man arrested for stealing, killing horse for meat in Dec. 2019, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A 50-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the theft and slaughter of a horse on Dec. 1, 2019.Eladio Garcia-Gasca, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, is charged with grand theft and animal cruelty.The sheriff’s office said surveillance video released days after the crime and other investigative means helped them place Garcia-Gasca at the scene.PREVIOUSLY REPORTED: Surveillance video shows person of interest before horse was stolen, killed for meatIn the video, Garcia-Gasca could be seen forcing his way through a locked gate on the 5800 block of Buckeye Rd in Palmetto. Once on the property, Garcia-Gasca was seen walking up to stables where the horse was stolen and later slaughtered.According to a press release, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrested of Garcia-Gasca at his St. Petersburg home on Oct. 15.RECOMMENDED: From show horse to food source: Abandoned Florida horses sent to slaughterGarcia-Gasca has been booked into the Pinellas County Jail.

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