Allegedly two Oklahoma Baptist students capture Coney Pony 

Police in Shawnee found themselves searching for a horse of a different color when someone hoofed it with a full-sized decorative fiberglass horse from the local Sonic Drive-In restaurant, according to recent stories.

 

According to The Shawnee News Star, the horse was part of a city centennial display project called "Horse in the City," one of the many new urban art movements in which fiberglass statues of large mammals are posted outside a sponsoring business and decorated on behalf of that business.

 

The News Star stated that the 8-foot-long, 200-pound "Coney Pony" is a black horse with pictures of Mustang cars and an old Sonic Drive-In restaurant painted on it. Sometime between midnight and 5:30 a.m. on a recent Saturday, somebody absconded with it, leaving only a couple of fiberglass hooves in the concrete.

 

John Winterringer, Sonic marketing coordinator, said horse thieves dragged the Coney Poney behind the eatery and up an alley.

 

"It's just gone," he told the News Star. "It's ridiculous. This was a super-neat project and we enjoyed being involved with it."

 

Stealing a Coney Poney? What baloney! Well, the suspects allegedly had been drinking, according to one account.

 

A tip resulted in a break in the case when it led officers to the apartment of Jeffory Brett Hogan II, 25, and Timothy John Horton, 23, two Oklahoma Baptist University students, the News Star reported.

 

When police went to the home to interview the residents, officer Greg Gibson reportedly noticed "¦ well, a large, black fiberglass horse in the living room, according to the News Star. Book 'em, Dano. The two were taken into custody, and they voluntarily filled out statements, the story stated. They were jailed on complaints of grand larceny, with $5,000 in bail, according to the newspaper. A story in The Oklahoman reported that the two allegedly told police they had been drinking alcohol. No mention if dancing was involved.

 

Meanwhile, Coney Pony is missing two legs and half an ear, and is all scratched up, according to the News Star. Winterringer said the horse is so badly damaged, a new one's already been commissioned.

 

"To see something I worked so hard on completely destroyed was pretty sad," artist Linda Dixon told the News Star.

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