Arrest in Osage County cattle thefts

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Cody J. Porter, 29, of Sperry, Okla., was arrested on charges of possession of stolen cattle after an investigation led to the discovery of animals on his property matching the description of calves missing from multiple area ranches. He was arraigned in the Osage County District Court on charges of four counts of knowingly concealing stolen property and his bond was set at $50,000. Read more…

New special ranger for West Texas area

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TSCRA has named David Duncan, Fort Davis, as special ranger for District 18 in West Texas. Duncan has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience. Most recently, he worked as a TxDPS Texas Ranger as a staff lieutenant where he supervised Joint Operations and Intelligence Centers in Marfa, Del Rio and El Paso. As a Texas Ranger, he also worked with state and local law enforcement agencies on border enforcement efforts. Additionally, Duncan has experience as a city police officer, sheriff’s deputy, highway patrolman and an auto theft investigator. Duncan replaces TSCRA Special Ranger Mike Barr, who moved to District 26. Read more…

North Texas man arrested on charges of first degree theft of livestock

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Tony Eugene Lyon, 51, of Perrin, was arrested Friday and charged with first degree felony theft of livestock of over $200,000. Lyon is alleged to have taken money for an order of steers that he was to supply and manage until shipping. When the out-of-state buyer later paid Lyon a visit to check on the steers, he found the animals had been liquidated by Lyon to settle prior obligations. Read more…

TSCRA Special Rangers searching for suspected thief

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A $500 reward has been offered through TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief program for information leading to the arrest of Sharon Lynn Nehring, also known as Sharon Jacoby, of Freestone County. Nehring, 57, is alleged to have purchased thousands of dollars worth of lambs and goats with a worthless check from the Freestone County Fair in June of 2014. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: ATVs, trailer stolen in Texas Hill Country

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TSCRA Special Ranger Doug Hutchison, Dist. 20 in the Texas Hill Country, reports the theft of two ATV vehicles and a trailer from a property in Fayette County. On July 18 a thief or thieves cut a lock to gain access and steal a bright green 2015 Yamaha Viking 4-seat ATV, VIN no. 5Y4AM76YXFA100857; a dark green 2011 Polaris Ranger 4-seat ATV, VIN no. 4XAWH50A0B4209217; and a black 2014 Texas Bragg brand single axle 12-foot flatbed trailer with full expanded metal rear ramp, VIN no. 17XFP1219E1042930, Texas license plate FJKL56. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Special Ranger Hutchison at 512-863-2337.

TSCRA welcomes new Oklahoma special ranger

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Brett Wellden, a Guthrie, Okla. native, has joined TSCRA as a Special Ranger for District 3 in south-central Oklahoma. Wellden is a former Drug Enforcement Agency DEA) task force officer for the Oklahoma City district office with more than 20 years law enforcement experience. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Brazoria Co. ranch theft, cattle stolen in NE OK and NE TX

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TSCRA Special Rangers report the theft of a Kawasaki Mule, 16-foot flatbed trailer and a 60-gallon weed sprayer from a ranch near Damon, Texas, in Brazoria County; 7 head of cattle stolen from a pasture near Broken Arrow in northeast Oklahoma; and 9 head of stocker cows taken from pens in Hopkins County, Texas, south of Sulphur Springs. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 15 calves missing in Van Zandt County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, District 14, East Texas, reports 15 calves are missing from a ranch in Van Zandt County. The calves are mostly black, weight 350 to 500 pounds each. Most of the calves are Brahman-influenced crossbreds. All of the calves had ear tags at the time of the theft.

TSCRA Crime Watch: 16 crossbred cows missing from Chelsea, Okla.

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, District 4, north central Oklahoma, reports 16 mature crossbred cows are missing from a property at Chelsea in Nowata County, Okla. Apparently, no force was used to gain entry to the property. A wire gate securing the property was found open. The cattle are mostly Angus or Charolais cross. They have a brand on the left shoulder of 3 stacked bars and a single number, which indicate their birth year. The left ear of each cow has 2 notches on the bottom. If you have information regarding this theft, please contact Special Rangers Perrier at 918-275-4257.

TSCRA Crime Watch: 25 or more cows, weaning age calves missing east of Mineola

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TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, District 13, northeast Texas, has received a report that 25 or more cattle are missing from land leased for pasture in Wood County. The lessee reports a good count of the cattle being grazed was done on May 6. On July 6, during the final round-up count, at least 11 cows and at least 14 calves were missing. The cows are mostly mixed colors of black, black baldy, red and tiger-stripe. They all carried a brand on the right hip in the design of a double J connected back to back forming what is sometimes called a fish hook. The large end of the brand faces the animal’s head. The  weaning-age calves, of similar colors to the cows, were not Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 2 Limousin bulls missing from San Augustine area

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Special Ranger Larry Hand reports 2 Limousin bulls, one black and one red, have gone missing from a property northeast of San Augustine in East Texas. The bulls were last seen June 1. The bulls are described as: Black bull, gentle, 20 months, 1,200 to 1,400 pounds, tattoo number DMAR61A, not branded, with a blue ear tag right ear and a 3-inch split in the left ear from injury Red bull, gentle, 12 to 14 months, 700 to 800 pounds, no brands or tattoo There was no forced entry to the property and the fences are in good shape. Hand reports an older model white 1-one truck with black steel bed and rusty white long stock trailer had been seen on property early one afternoon Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: John Deere tractor parts stolen from Strang, Okla., area

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, District 5, eastern Oklahoma, says a thief or thieves cut a barbed wire fence off a Mayes County, Okla., road to gain entry to a ranch near Strange between July 2 and 9. The thief or thieves drove their vehicle onto the ranch and stole parts from a John Deere 430 tractor. Stolen were: 2 front tires and yellow steel wheels Alternator Breather 2 lights Battery 2 battery cables Approximately 20 gallons of diesel fuel from the fuel tank If you have information about this theft, please contact Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Padlocks cut, gates left open in Rogers County, Okla.

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings reports that on July 10, suspects cut 2 padlocks and removed the chains from gates on a ranch near Claremore, Rogers County, Okla. The gates were left open to a county roadway, the locks damaged and the chains are missing. If you have any information about this incident, please contact Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

TSCRA Crime Watch: 40-foot hay trailer stolen from Osage County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, District 4, north central Oklahoma, reports the July 8 theft of a 2014 Red Rhino (Go-Bob) 40-foot, 8-bale hay trailer from a property at Fairfax in Osage County, Okla. The red trailer is a double-axel, single-wheel trailer. The serial number is GPGN 40814430. The trailer had been stored in a pen and the gates had been secured with a chain and padlock. The thief or thieves cut a link in the chain to access the pen. If you have any information on this theft, please contact Special Ranger Perrier at 918-275-4257.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Black baldy steer missing in southern Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in southern Oklahoma, reports a black or black baldy steer missing from a property near Springer in Carter County. Missing is a black or black baldy steer weighing approximately 800 pounds, with a blue ear tag and brand V X open A high on the right side. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Stud colt missing in Texas Panhandle

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TSCRA Special Ranger Ben Eggleston, Dist. 2 in the Texas Pandhandle, reports a stud colt missing from a property near Pampa in Grey County. The 11-day old chocolate and white paint Welsh colt went missing some time between July 2 and 4. The horse weighs approximately 40 pounds. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Eggleston at 806-852-4741.

Henryetta man arrested on 8 counts of larceny of livestock

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Kiley Wayne Johnson, 19, of Henrietta Okla., surrendered to authorities at the Oklmulgee County Jail July 1 after he was charged with multiple felony cattle thefts. Johnson is the suspect in a string of livestock thefts in and around Henrietta. The stolen cattle were sold at livestock markets in Okmulgee, Cecotah, Bristow and Hugo, with more suspects and additional charges expected. Read more…

Tennessee woman arrested on charges of misrepresenting sale of horse to Texas buyer

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A Tennessee woman was arrested Thursday in Marion County, Tenn., by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and investigators from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture on felony theft charges out of Falls County, Texas. Lydia N. Culp, 31, allegedly sold a barrel racing horse to a victim in Falls County, Texas, from a post on Facebook. The horse that was shipped from Tennessee to Texas was misrepresented and arrived sick and malnourished. Culp was operating under numerous aliases and was alleged to be shipping horses that were misrepresented all over the U.S. Culp is currently in the Marion County Jail awaiting arraignment. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 2 cows, 2 calves missing in eastern Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in eastern Oklahoma, reports 4 head of cattle missing from a pasture near Muskogee some time between June  9 and 22. Missing is a black 3-year old cow with a white star on forehead, a yellow ear tag and branded with a backward C lazy L connected on the right hip; a 9-year-old solid black cow with a yellow ear tag and branded with a backward C lazy L connected on the right hip; and two black calves weighing approximately 250 pounds, each, with no tags or brands. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Paint Foxtrotter gelding missing in SE OK

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TSCRA Special Ranger Scott Williamson, Dist. 8 along the southwest Oklahoma – northwest Texas border, reports the possible theft of a horse from a property near Hollis. Missing is an 8-year-old Foxtrotter paint gelding standing 14 1/2 hands tall, with no brands and a scar on the inside of his left leg. Read more…

Charges, arrest in theft of 210 head of cattle and 30 horses

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Asher Quinn Hoxie, 38, of Stephenville, was arrested Tuesday and charged with misapplication of fiduciary property of more than $200,000 in a case involving the sale of 210 head of cattle and 30 horses owned by an Odessa rancher. TSCRA Special Rangers Kenny Wadsworth and Wayne Goodman led the investigation, with assistance from TSCRA Special Ranger Harold Dempsey and the Erath County Sheriff’s Department. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Roping steers and calves, Wagyu cows missing

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TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley, Dist. 12 in northeast Texas, reports  11 head of cattle missing from a property southwest of DeKalb in Bowie County some time between June 12 and 13. Missing are 8 Corriente-longhorn cross roping steers of mixed colors weighing approximately 600 pounds, each; a 350-pound solid red calf; a 450-pound solid black bull calf; and a 500-pound brown calf. All these cattle have a KR brand on the left hip. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please contact Special Ranger Hurley at 903-945-3236. TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in Central Texas, reports 6 head of cattle missing from a property hear Hamilton in Hamilton County. The 6 head of black Wagyu cows went missing some time between Read more…

Two Coryell County men held on charges of livestock theft

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James Anthony Manning, 30, and Dylan R. Robinson, 21, both of Coryell County, were charged with theft of livestock Monday in a case involving the theft of two bulls from a rancher south of Gatesville. TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills led the investigation with assistance from the Coryell County Sheriff’s Department. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Corriente cow missing in East Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in East Texas, reports the possible theft of a cow from a property near Tyler in Smith County. Missing since April 1 is a 3-year-old black Corriente cow weighing approximately 800 pounds, with white flanks and 8-inch horns. The cow is branded with a flying W on the left hip. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Hand at 903-592-5252.

TSCRA Crime Watch: 12 head of cattle missing in Hardemann County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Scott Williamson, Dist. 8 in western North Texas, reports 12 head of cattle missing form a property near Quanah in Hardemann County. The cattle are mixed cross steers weighing 850 to 900 pounds, each, and branded with Lazy E on the right hip. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Williamson at 940-889-2269.

Arrest in string of livestock, guns and ranching equipment thefts

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Clinton James Easter, 47, of Eastland County, is a suspect in multiple thefts across Texas involving cattle, trailers, guns and miscellaneous property. TSCRA Special Rangers Joe Roberts and H.D. “Howard” Brittain led the investigation, with assistance from Special Rangers Wayne Goodman, Marvin Wills and John Bradshaw. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Tractor stolen in South Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Robin Clark, Dist. 28 in South Texas, reports the theft of a tractor from a property near Hondo in Medina County. On May 23 a thief or thieves took the John Deere 4255 tractor, serial no. RW4255H004903, with a green KD 50000QT front end loader and bale spike from an open field. If you have any information regarding this tractor, please call Special Ranger Clark at 830-278-5778.

North Richland Hills man arrested on charges of cattle theft

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A North Richland Hills man turned himself into authorities May 4 and was charged with third degree felony theft of livestock and second degree felony theft of livestock from the elderly in a case involving 144 head of cattle stolen from 2 North Texas ranchers. TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw led the investigation with assistance from Special Ranger Wayne Goodman and Texas Game Warden Chris Dowdy. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Tractor, travel trailer and ranch equipment stolen in Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the theft of a tractor, a motor home, metal hay ring and rotary mower in Delaware County. Some time between April 18 and May 10 a thief or thieves entered the property near Ketchum to steal a 2008 Kioti CK30 4-wheel drive orange tractor with a front loader, Serial no. 70117060; a white with brown stripes 1975 Ford F350 Roll-A-Long motor home with a brown cab, Vin no. E37AHW42160; one red Atwoods brand 3-piece metal hay ring; and a red 4-foot BrushHog-type rotary mower. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in far South Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Steve Martin, Dist. 30 in far South Texas, reports 3 cattle missing from a property in Brooks County. Missing are 3 black Brangus heifers, one with a motley face. All the cows are possibly early-bred, have a brand of a connected AW high on the right hip, a double bit in the right ear and white ear tags. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Martin at 361-358-8851.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Trailer stolen in Callahan County, 4-wheeler missing in Shelby County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Joe Roberts, Dist. 16 in Central Texas, reports the May 4 theft of a stock trailer from a property south of Baird in Callahan County and Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in far East Texas, also reports the theft of a 4-wheeler from a ranch near Timpson in Shelby County. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle stolen in southeast Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, Dist. 21 in southeast Texas, reports the theft of cattle from a property in Robertson County this past weekend, May 15-17. The cattle are crossbred heifers weighing 600 to 800 pounds, each, and have a 7 brand on their right hip. The cattle are of different colors. Those with information about this theft are urged to contact Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle stolen in north Central Texas, Northeast OK

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw, Dist. 9 in north Central Texas, reports the theft of 8 head of cattle from a property near Newcastle in Young County. Some time between Jan. 1 and May 11, a thief or thieves popped a lock to steal 8 head of mixed breed, mixed color yearlings weighing approximately 750 to 850 pounds, each. The cattle have an M diamond 8 brand on the left hip and a double walking cane brand on the right side. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Bradshaw at 940-889-6123. TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeastern Oklahoma, reports the theft of 3 head of cattle from a property near Strang in Mayes County.  On May 5 Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Charolais cow shot in north Central Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw, Dist. 9 in Central Texas, reports the shooting of a cow in a pasture south of Holiday in Archer County some time between May 12 and 13. If you have any information regarding this shooting, please call Special Ranger Bradshaw at 940-889-6123. 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.

TSCRA Crime Watch: 5 head of cattle missing in Texas Coastal Bend; Saddles, tools stolen in OK

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TSCRA Steve Martin, Dist. 30 along the Texas coast, reports 5 head of cattle missing from a property in Jim Wells County. Missing since March 1 are 4 head of black Brangus cows, all 6 years old and weighing approximately 1,100 pounds, each. All had white ear tags with the ranch name. Also missing is one calf of unknown age or color. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Martin at 361-358-8851. TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the theft of saddles and a cordless drill from a property near Pryor in Mayes County. Some time between May 8 and 9 a thief or thieves entered an unlocked barn to steal a brown leather barrel Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Newborn calves stolen in Coastal Bend area of Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Tommy Charbula, Dist. 24 in South Texas, reports the theft of 6 newborn calves from properties in north Jackson and west Wharton counties. Beginning on March 17 through May 10,  cattle were lured into holding pens in order to separate mother calves from their newborns. The calves were then taken to the roadway and loaded. If you have any information about these thefts, please call Special Ranger Charbula at 361-782-5209.  

Fairfax man sentenced to 10 years in prison for cattle theft

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Garrett Mitchell Gibson, 27, of Fairfax, Okla., was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wed. after pleading guilty to stealing 7 head of cattle from the Bledsoe Ranch near Ralston, Okla., in 2014. TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigation with TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings and Osage County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Doug Elliot assisting. Read more…

Where's the beef?

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Beef prices, the shrinking cattle herd, cattle thieves, and the TSCRA Special Rangers that catch them. Read more at FiveThirtyEight.com…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Two heifers missing in Lee County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Doug Hutchison, Dist. 20 in south Central Texas, reports the theft of 2 head of cattle from a property near Lexington in Lee County. Some time between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on May 3, a thief or thieves took a black heifer weighing 920 pounds with no brands or ear marks and a back tag #62; and one yellow Charolais cross heifer weighing 925 pounds with no brands or ear marks and a back tag #508. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Hutchison at 512-863-2337.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Charolais and red Brangus bulls stolen in Coryell County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in south Central Texas, reports the theft of 2 bulls from a property south of Gatesville in Coryell County. The bulls were placed in a pen on April 30 and when the owner returned on May 1, the bulls were gone. Missing is a Charolais bull weighing approximately 1100 pounds and a red Brangus bull weighing approximately 1200 pounds. Both bulls have horns but no brands or marks. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Wills at  254-865-2571.