Thief robs horse surgeon’s car during procedure

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burglarRANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. — An iPad, bank information and other personal items were stolen Thursday from an SUV belonging to a surgeon at Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 24-hour Equine Hospital, but images of the suspect may have been captured by surveillance cameras.

The SUV was parked near where the equine surgeon and other staff were working to save the life of a colicky horse, which would have died in 12-24 hours without medical intervention, according to Helen Woodward Animal Center spokeswoman Mindy Wright.

About 3 a.m., surveillance cameras captured images of a man as he walked in the direction of the SUV, and again as he ran from the area with a bundle under his arm, Wright said. The surgeon later noticed that his iPad, banking paperwork and other personal belongings were missing from his SUV, she said.

The “person of interest” in the video may also be a suspect in recent burglaries at area schools in which computer equipment was taken, according to Wright, who asked anyone with information to call the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department at (858) 521-5200.