Marvell Galloway, 60, of Carthage, was arrested Tuesday in Sandusky, Ohio, after TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand received an anonymous tip through the TSCRA Operation Cow Thief Hotline. The tip came to Hand on Monday and provided detailed information showing the suspect was living. Panola County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jeff Ivy worked with Hand and Detective Sgt. Dana Newell of Sandusky Police Department to locate and arrest Galloway.
Ivy called the Sandusky Police Department Tuesday and asked them to assist Texas authorities. Newell arrested Galloway within 30 minutes of the request.
Galloway is being held in the Erie County Ohio Jail on a preset $25,000 bond, awaiting extradition. He will be transferred to the Panola County Jail to post bond on the charge of theft of livestock of less than $100,000 with the likelihood of enhancement to a second degree felony of exploitation of an elderly person.
Authorities had searched for Galloway for approximately 3 years after he was accused of stealing 4 head of cattle from his employer, an elderly rancher in Carthage. The victim was away from his property in Carthage for 5 days, and after returning, realized the cattle were missing. Hand helped the victim file a report with the Panola County Sheriff’s Department and TSCRA.
Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake will facilitate the transfer of Galloway on a 1,047 mile return to Texas from Ohio to face justice in the court system. The person who provided the tip through the Operation Cow Thief hotline will be compensated.
“This suspect was arrested due to a tip from the TSCRA Operation Cow Thief Hotline,” said Hand. “This proves how well the system works and how valuable it is for citizens to communicate with authorities. TSCRA appreciates Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake, Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Ivy and Sandusky Police Det. Sgt. Dana Newell for their assistance with this arrest and supporting the ranching industry in the Southwest.”