PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -

A thief in Florida made off with a decidedly unusual catch: a horse's mane.

A man reported to deputies that someone cut the charcoal-colored mane of a horse at his pasture in Punta Gorda, about 100 miles south of Tampa.

The horse's owner told deputies that mane hair can be sold for as much as $250 to $300 a pound. The hair is used for making jewelry, artist brushes and strings for instruments.

The theft is believed to have occurred sometimes between Dec. 1 and Dec. 3.

Anyone with information on who sheared the horse's mane is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS.