For Immediate Release
Sept. 16, 2010
Contact: Carmen Fenton
COMANCHE, TEXAS – Additional charges were handed down to two Comanche County men arrested for cattle theft Wednesday. TSCRA Special Ranger Doug Hutchison is working the investigation.
On Aug. 19, Billy Jack Glover, 48, and Michael Chance Ward, 26, allegedly stole two head of cattle from a rancher in Comanche County and sold them to Capital Land and Livestock in Schwertner, Texas.
The suspects were charged Sept. 8 after allegedly stealing 4 head of cattle at a different time from the same rancher.
Glover and Ward are held at the Comanche County jail in Comanche, Texas. Bond has been set at $50,000 each.
Through the course of the initial investigation, Hutchison discovered the thieves had stolen more cattle earlier from the same rancher bringing the total of stolen cattle to six head. The investigation is still ongoing and more cattle could be at large.
Theft of two head of cattle is a third degree felony. If convicted Glover and Ward could each face up to ten years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine on top of the original charge.
TSCRA has 29 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 133-year-old trade organization. As the largest and oldest livestock association in Texas, TSCRA represents more than 15,000 beef cattle producers, ranching families and businesses who manage approximately 4 million head of cattle on 51.5 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma. TSCRA provides law enforcement and livestock inspection services, legislative and regulatory advocacy, industry news and information, insurance services and educational opportunities for its members and the industry.