TSCRA Crime Watch: Saddle stolen in South Texas, heifer missing in Central Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Gary Baros, Dist. 25 in far South Texas, reports the theft of a tan championship roping saddle from a property in Goliad County. TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northern Central Oklahoma, also reports a black motley-faced heifer missing from a property near Orlando in Payne County. Read more…

Rockwood man gets 15 years in cattle theft case

Don Ernest Estes, 40, of Rockwood, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in the state penitentiary on charges of cattle theft and prior criminal mischief. TSCRA Special Ranger Joe Roberts and Coleman County Sheriff’s Deputy Archie Lancaster led the investigation into the disappearance of $3,000 worth of cattle from a rancher in Coleman, which resulted in the  discovery of a steer sold at the Coleman Livestock Auction and 2 head of cattle on land leased to Estes. Read more…

Cattle rustling returns

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Drought across the U.S. has driven up the price of beef and made livestock a tempting target for theft. So as beef prices continue to climb because of drought and unemployment rates remain high, law enforcement officials are seeing cattle thefts increase from Florida to Wyoming. In 2014, nearly $6 million worth of cattle was stolen in Texas and Oklahoma. Hear what ranchers, TSCRA and other law enforcement agencies have to say about the rise in cattle theft. Read more at AlJazeera America

TSCRA Crime Watch: 40 head of cattle missing in southeast Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in Oklahoma, reports 40 cows missing from a property near Colgate in Coal County. The cattle, which went missing some time between Jan. 25 and March 25, are 29 Brangus-type older cows, mostly black, with a Z brand an corresponding 2, 3 or 4 year number on the left hip. Also missing is a red and white Corriente cow with a 4F brand on the left hip and 10 calves, mostly red, weighing approximately 500 to 700 pounds, each, with no brands or markings. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle theft north of Abilene

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TSCRA Special Ranger Joe Roberts, Dist. 16, reports the theft of 12 head of cattle from a property 5 miles east of Anson in Jones County. Some time between April 5 and 6, a thief or thieves cut a chain to steal 1 black bull weighing approximately 700 pounds branded with a  CF connected over a half circle;  5 black baldy unbranded bulls weighing approximately 600 pounds, each; and 6 red or black unbranded steers weighing approximately 500 pounds, each. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Roberts at 325-701-4667.

TSCRA Crime Watch: 29 crossbred cows missing in Robertson County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, Dist. 21 in South Texas, reports the theft of 29 cows from a property east of Bremond in Robertson County some time between May 1, 2014, and March 27, 2015. The cattle are crossbred cows branded with a lazy V on the left hip. Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832. Anonymous tipsters may also call the Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333. A cash reward is offered for information leading to an arrest and/or grand jury indictment. Anonymity is guaranteed. Read more…

Falls County man arrested on theft charges

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Aaron Christopher Keener, 19, of Marlin, was arrested March 6 and charged with third degree theft of property in a case where $34,000 worth of ranching equipment and other items were stolen from a Falls County rancher. The case is still under investigation and the arrest of additional suspects is possible. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Steers missing in south Central Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in in south Central Texas, reports 9 head of steers missing from a property in Bell County. The multicolored steers, weighing approximately 600 pounds, each, were branded with a Y on the left rib and went missing some time between Jan. 24 and March 16. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Wills at 254-865-2571.  

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cows and calves missing in northeast Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the theft of 8 head of cattle from a property in the Okesa area near Bartlesville in Osage County. Missing  since March 15 are 6 head of Charolais cross-bred calves weighing approximately 400 pounds, each, and 2 black or black white-faced cows. All the cows and calves have a Cross J brand on the left hip. If you have any information about this case, please call Special Ranger Perrier at 918-275-4257.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Angus bull missing in Burleson County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, Dist. 21 in southeast Central Texas reports a bull missing from a pasture in Burleson County. The black bull has a G6 brand on the left side and is very gentle, so it can be pasture loaded. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Black calves, stock trailer missing in northeastern Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northeastern Oklahoma, report the theft of two calves and a stock trailer from a property near Slick in Creek County sometime between March 14 and 15. Stolen were two black calves, a heifer and a steer, weighing approximately 450 pounds, each., with no brands, tags or ear notches. Also stolen from the property was a tan 16-foot bumper-pull stock trailer with a damaged roof and mismatched tires. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Perrier at 918-275-4257

TSCRA Crime Watch: Welding trailer and equipment stolen in northeast Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northeastern Oklahoma, reports the March 11 theft of a welding trailer from a property in the Sapulpa area of Creek County. The trailer was a 5-by-8-foot single axle with a red Lincoln welder, serial no. U1120300019. The trailer also included a cutting torch system with hoses, torch, oxygen and acetylene bottles; an electric air compressor; assorted hand tools; and additional equipment. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger 918-275-0888.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Newborn calves and cattle trailer stolen in northeast Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13, reports newborn calves missing from 2 ranches in Wood County and Ranger Toney Hurley, Dist. 12, reports the theft of a white livestock trailer from a property in Red River County. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Heifers missing in Milam County, office theft in Lampasas County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, Dist. 21 in south Central Texas, report the theft of approximately 38 heifers from a property in Milam County within the last 90 days and Special Ranger Marvin Wills reports the theft of various items from an office in Lampsas County in Lometa. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Guns, tools, equipment stolen in west Central Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger H.D. Brittain, Dist. 19 in Central Texas, reports the March 9 theft of guns, tools and miscellaneous equipment from a property in Brown County. Stolen were a Ruger Blackhawk .357 and one box of ammunition; a Ruger 10-22 rifle; a Winchester 30-30 rifle and a box of ammunition; a Remington 12-gauge pump shotgun and two boxes of shells; six boxes of .223 ammunition; a green ammunition box with turkey calls; a 3-target auto reset silhouette target; a trap thrower and three boxes of clay pigeons; a chrome checker plate truck box with assorted tools; two orange plastic toolboxes with assorted tools; four 235 by 15 Firestone tires; two Z-71 wheels; two battery chargers; a large 12-volt air compressor; a two-wheel grinder; 2 boxed Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Black Angus heifer stolen in northeast Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley, Dist. 12, reports the theft of a black Angusf heifer from a property near DeKalb in Bowie County. Some time between Feb. 24 and 27 a thief or thieves removed a gate from its hinges to steal to steal the 2-year old black Angus weighing approximately 900 pounds. This first-calf heifer had a CH brand on the right hip and a 5-day old calf, which was left in the pasture. If you have any information regarding this animal, please call Special Ranger Hurley at 903-945-3236.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in Coastal Bend

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TSCRA Special Ranger Tommy Charbula, Dist. 24 in the Coastal Bend area, reports 7 head of cattle missing from a property near Nada on the southern Colorado – west Wharton County line. Missing are 2 solid black heifers, 4 black heifers with white or mottled faces and 1 brindle white-face cow. The cows have a light blue tag  in their left ears and no brands. If you have any information regarding these heifers, please call Special Ranger Charbula at 361-782-5209.

Information sought on theft of calves from Braum's Farms in Follett

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Special Ranger Ben Eggleston is seeking information on the theft of 1,121 head of Holstein/Jersey cross steer calves from a Braum’s dairy farm near Follett in the Texas Panhandle. Employees at Braum’s Farms noticed the steer calves, weighing from 300 to 750 pounds, each, were missing after doing their 2014 yearly inventory. The dairy farm is located on the border of Lipscomb County, Texas, and Ellis County, Okla. Anyone with further information regarding this case should contact TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333 or call Special Ranger Eggleston at 806-852-4741. A cash reward of $10,000 may be paid to individuals who can provide useful information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of suspect(s). Individuals reporting information may choose to remain anonymous. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Saddles, tack, other items stolen in Northwestern Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northwestern Oklahoma, reports the theft of saddles, tack and other items from a horse trailer in Nowata County.  On Feb. 8 a thief or thieves cut a padlock on a horse trailer to steal a Dale Martin USTRC 2003 Red Rock Classic roping saddle with a 15 1/2-inch seat; a Corriente 2012 Gabriel Ortega Benefit Champion Header roping saddle with a 16-inch seat; a CSI saddle pad; numerous other saddle pads; headstalls with bits and reins; tie-downs; assorted splints, bell and skid boots; Classic Rope bag and assorted nylon team roping ropes; buckets; a hanging trailer bag and hay bags; Champion brand generators, yellow lawn chairs and a Black and Decker tool set. If you have any Read more…

Sentence handed down in Wilbarger County cattle theft case

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A Chillicothe, Texas, man was sentenced with restitution Tues., Feb. 17 after pleading guilty to third degree theft of livestock and 2 counts of hindering a secured creditor. TSCRA Special Ranger Scott Williamson led the investigation. The Wilbarger County District Attorney Staley Heatly prosecuted the case.  Read more…