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Iconic Horse Statue Stolen from Kelly's Eastside

The life-size, fiberglass horse statue that has become a permanent fixture outside of Kelly’s Eastside on K Avenue in downtown Plano was snatched from the curb on Thursday evening.

According to the police report, filed at 12:13 a.m. on Aug. 7, just after 10 p.m. on Thursday, a customer asked one of the restaurant’s staff members where the horse was. The night shift manager said that she recalled seeing the horse outside around 8 p.m. when she was talking to customers.

Plano Police Department Spokesman, Officer David Tilley said that the horse is valued around $5,000; to the popular bar and restaurant, the iconic horse statue is priceless.

The restaurant’s owner, Tim Kelly said that he is disappointed, and that the horse has been there forever. He called the horse one of his best employees. He pushes it out there, the horse does its job and it doesn’t complain. It’s become a part of downtown Plano, he said.

About four or five years ago, a group of intoxicated people tried to steal the horse and put it in the back of a hatchback, but other than that, he couldn’t recall any other problems.

Kelly acquired the painted fiberglass horse after the 2004 Breeder’s Cup at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. At the time, the Art School of Grand Prairie was fundraising, so Kelly purchased the statue for $1,800.

He had the horse painted for a contest, which was won by the school. Instead of donating the horse to the school, he decided to put it outside of his restaurant. Before long, the life-size horse became the mascot for Kelly’s Eastside, and customers knew that if the horse was outside, it meant Kelly’s was “open” for business.

Kelly said the horse was probably the best investment he’s ever made because people put their kids on the horse to take pictures, and they weren’t always customers. He was looking to get the horse redone in the fall since it takes a beating in the sun.

Though the statue is on a platform with rollers, Kelly said that it’s cumbersome to move. Each morning one of the restaurant’s staff member’s wheels the horse onto the front sidewalk and at night, it’s secured by a chain in the patio area.

Kelly didn’t think that someone would ever try to take the horse l during business hours, and he can’t believe that nobody saw it. He said that it’s not going to fit in the back of a pickup truck, it has to be strapped down.

Texas Theft Statute

Which charges would the horse thief be facing if caught? Under Sec. 31.01 of the Penal Code, if the value of the property stolen is $1,500 or more, but less than $20,000, it is a state jail felony, punishable by 180 days to 2 years in state jail, and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

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