Police arrest world’s smallest pony kidnappers

Four men thought to be behind the September kidnapping of the world's smallest pony have been arrested in Umbria, Italian media reported.

Police arrest world's smallest pony kidnappers
At just 63-centimetres tall, Charly is the world’s smallest pony. Screenshot: Bruno Aymone/YouTube

The men were arrested on Thursday morning and face charges of theft, extortion and receiving stolen goods, Rai News said.

They are accused of cutting into a pony enclosure where Charly – who at 63-centimetres tall is the world’s smallest pony – was resting ahead of a horse show, making off with him across a field.

At the time, the theft was described by Angelo Capecci, president of the Città di Castello horse show, as a “very serious criminal act that offends and humiliates all in the horse world.”

After a desperate plea for help by owner Bartolo Messina attracted international attention, Charly was found a week later more than 300km from where he disappeared.

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