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  • Aiken Saddlery thief.

    Aiken Saddlery posted a video on their FB page of a lady stealing. She's been identified as Helen Brew. She's since deleted her personal FB page.
    I remember following her over on the UDBB, she use to post about her eventer Sebastian.

    https://www.facebook.com/11514901519...890677?sfns=mo

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    I just saw this video on FB. What a sleaze ball.

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    • #3
      Wonder if she then sold the stuff on Facebook. People are idiots to not think there are cameras everywhere. The horse world is so small. Now everyone is going to know!
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      • #4
        Honestly, all the stuff sold on equestrian FB groups "new tags still on" has always made me suspicious. Who goes out buying let's say 6 sets of jumper boots in various sizes that they can't use? I suppose some stuff comes out of liquidations, but I am sure much of it is boosted.

        Here in my city, about a decade ago the police shut down a long-running Saturday "garage sale" that was all shoplifted clothing, brand new with tags, and shoplifted to order in some cases. Of course employee theft is the huge one, especially if the employees are involved in inventory control and can smudge their tracks.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jealoushe View Post
          Wonder if she then sold the stuff on Facebook. People are idiots to not think there are cameras everywhere. The horse world is so small. Now everyone is going to know!
          It is also amazing how much everyone doesn't know. A known thief continues to get grooming jobs and has a decent online following. Definitely always good to do your research and check references. I am a freelance groom, and no one has ever checked me out, pros and amateurs alike...luckily for them I am squeaky clean but there are definitely others who aren't.

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          • #6
            I remember the subject of the OP, so that tells me it was probably a remembering for the wrong reason. I know one person in my area famous for her sticky fingers and no one would press charges. And she would move along and shaft someone else.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Scribbler View Post
              Honestly, all the stuff sold on equestrian FB groups "new tags still on" has always made me suspicious. Who goes out buying let's say 6 sets of jumper boots in various sizes that they can't use? I suppose some stuff comes out of liquidations, but I am sure much of it is boosted.
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              I have some friends that do this as a hobby, and NWT always sells easier than used. A couple friends make a good chunk of change doing this. They scour the clearance at SmartPak etc. I've done it with a few items...and also have found items 9months later I never used & figure they should stop collecting dust. I don't necessarily think it's nefarious in this day and age.

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              • #8
                Her FB photo had a photographer's watermark cropped out when I looked at her page. Class act.

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                • #9
                  Oh man, I read her posts for years on the UDBB. That's crazy. I think she was eventing at Prelim?
                  http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Scribbler View Post
                    Honestly, all the stuff sold on equestrian FB groups "new tags still on" has always made me suspicious. Who goes out buying let's say 6 sets of jumper boots in various sizes that they can't use? I suppose some stuff comes out of liquidations, but I am sure much of it is boosted.

                    Here in my city, about a decade ago the police shut down a long-running Saturday "garage sale" that was all shoplifted clothing, brand new with tags, and shoplifted to order in some cases. Of course employee theft is the huge one, especially if the employees are involved in inventory control and can smudge their tracks.
                    I agree. There's a couple people on a (non-horsey) FB yardsale group I belong to that are like this. Always "New with Tags" or "cut the tags off to try on and can't return it" . One lady claimed that she ordered 10 Victoria's Secret bras, cut the tags off all, washed them, and THEN decided to try them on. Uh, no. We all know you stole the bras, lady!

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                    • #11
                      Looks like Aiken Saddlery has taken the video down.

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                      • #12
                        I love how some people in the comments on the video were insinuating that calling this woman out was in some way an act of bullying.

                        No. Sometimes, you have to own up to your own stupidity. She chose to steal, and got caught. The resulting public backlash is her own creation.

                        Hope she ends up in jail.

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                        • #13
                          Locally, there was someone who started a blanket cleaning business. They never returned the blankets, sold them. I wish people had contacted the authorities because this person continues on as a trainer. It's anazing to me how many frauds are in the equine industry in some way/shape/form and they continue to operate. Now that social media is up you can see some of the drama but it's useless & taken down unless people report items as stolen etc. which is often a hassle people don't want to do - and at that point it's he said she said. Hopefully this woman gets caught. Really rotten.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by LovieBird View Post
                            Looks like Aiken Saddlery has taken the video down.
                            As so they should have. They put it up just to ask for help in identifying her. They did and now there is a warrant for her arrest. IMO, Aiken Saddlery needs to let law enforcement pick it up from here. It's not their place to mete out punishment and defamation for someone on FB.
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                            • #15
                              Meh, I heard of someone stealing from the tack tents at Kentucky a few years ago.

                              And of someone running a tack store and not actually ordering things people bought.

                              People like that should be put on blast.
                              http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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                              • #16
                                Yup unfortunately it happens more than you think.
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by enjoytheride View Post
                                  People like that should be put on blast.
                                  I get why they took it down (it seems more professional).
                                  But I have to agree with the thought that keeping the information out there is best for everyone else in the long run.
                                  You (general) might have a chance of realizing that person you are thinking of hiring has a history of stealing or such.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by trubandloki View Post

                                    I get why they took it down (it seems more professional).
                                    But I have to agree with the thought that keeping the information out there is best for everyone else in the long run.
                                    You (general) might have a chance of realizing that person you are thinking of hiring has a history of stealing or such.
                                    Um... maybe but IMO, no.

                                    If the purpose of sharing the video to identify the individual, then should, as it sounds like it was, taken down once the person was identified.

                                    Since this sounds like an impending criminal case (arrest warrant issued), this individual is entitled to the same thing we all are, innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

                                    Maybe yes, you want a heads up that someone is a sleaze ball. In a video, you only know what you see, the person in the video can't defend their actions and for all you know (not saying this is what happened in this case), the video has been altered.
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                                    • #19
                                      At least one of the commenters posted the alleged thief's contact info. More than one called for fairly heinous punishments. If folks could put aside their mob mentality/need to be a judgey pants, the interwebs would be a much better place. I'm glad Aiken Saddlery posted the video. I'm even more glad they took it down when they did.
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                                      • #20
                                        I agree with Where'sMyWhite and Jen-s. Good on Aiken Saddlery for using the video to get the person identified and then letting law enforcement, rather than the internet mob, deal with the situation.

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