Nottinghamshire Police is appealing for information about six horses stolen from a paddock in Calverton.
The animals were taken from a field in Whinbush Lane between 5pm on Friday 8 July and 9am on Saturday 9 July.
It is believed the culprits gained access by removing the padlock chained to the field gate and locked the chain with a new padlock, leaving the key in it.
Feed and water troughs were also taken.
The driver of a red 4×4 vehicle towing an old, white horse box, seen parked near the field around the time of the theft is sought.
The horses are:
- Romana, chestnut mare, aged 26
- Revel, grey mare, aged 21
- Gem, bay mare, aged 3
- Bow, red and white yearling filly
- Zeus, palomino yearling filly
- Foxy, bay mare, aged 6, microchipped
Police believe those responsible may attempt to sell the horses. They may have been sold at local horse markets, possibly in the Newark or Bingham areas.
PC Luke Todd, who is investigating the incident, said: “It’s likely the thieves will try and make a profit by selling these animals on to unsuspecting buyers.
“But the horses are stolen property and belong to somebody else. Their owners are understandably distressed and very concerned for the welfare of their animals.
“I urge anyone who comes into contact with horses in their day-to-day lives or at local markets to be observant.
“They should contact the police if they know where the stolen horses are or if they have any information that could help us reunite them with their rightful owners.”
Anyone with information should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 99 99 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.