TSCRA Special Ranger Steve Martin, Dist. 30 in South Texas, reports the theft of saddles from a storage building in Bee County. Some time between April 12 and 17. 4 saddles went missing from the property near Beeville.
Stolen were a natural brown colored shop-made saddle from the Lazy R Saddle Shop with a 16″ padded seat, square skirts, flat-plate rigging, 4-inch horn, screw-down Conchos, some tooling and a brand burned into the seatback described as an upside letter Y with an unconnected rafter over the top; A Lazy R Saddle shop-made brown saddle with a 14-inch padded fawn-colored seat, mild tooling, square skirts, flat-plate rigging, 3-inch horn, stirrup leathers with regular buckles, and a brand burned into the seatback described as an upside letter Y with an unconnected rafter over the top; A shop-made brown saddle by Mike Lee with a 16″ plain seat and modified association tree, natural rough-out finish, round skirts, flat-plate rigging, 3 1/2-inch horn, stirrup leathers, toe fenders, and a brand burned into the seatback described as an upside letter Y with an unconnected rafter over the top; and a factory-made brown Cowboy Tuff saddle with full floral tooling, a 16-inch padded black seat with Read more…
TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in eastern Central Oklahoma, reports the theft of three calves from a property near Canadian in Pittsburg County. Some time between April 1 and 4, a thief or thieves used a pickup truck to steal two black and one red calf, each weighing approximately 300 pounds. The calves had no brands or ear tags.
Cummings also reports the theft of a 16″ Roo-Hide cutting saddle from a barn in Craig County near Afton on April 1. The saddle is smooth leather with no tooling, a smooth leather seat, square skirt and Luann-style cutting stirrups.
If you have any information regarding these thefts, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.
Anonymous information may also be left on our Operation Cow Thief tip line at 888-830-2333. TSCRA offers a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and/or grand jury indictment of thieves.
TSCRA Special Ranger Kent Dowell, Dist. 3 in central Oklahoma, reports the April 9 theft of 50 head of black heifers from a property near Roff in Pontotoc County. The heifers weigh approximately 450 pounds, each, and are branded with a rail 3 – the number 3 with a long bottom running upwards – on the left hip. The heifers also have left ear tags bearing the name SHAD BEEBE and a phone number. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Dowell at 405-941-4117.
TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northwest Oklahoma, reports 4 head of black cows with calves missing from a property near Bartlesville in Washington County. Some time between March 1 and April 16, the black Angus-cross cow-calf pairs are believed to have gone estray. The cows have a C+ brand on their left ribs and have yellow or white numbered ear tags. The calves are not branded and had not been processed. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Perrier at 918-275-4257.
TSCRA Special Ranger Doug Hutchison, Dist. 20 in Central Texas, reports a tractor, equipment and a Kawasaki Mule utility vehicle stolen from a property in Burnet County. Some time between March 8 and 12 a thief or thieves cut a lock on the property north of Bertram to steal a John Deere tractor, model 5303, serial no. PY5303U005947, a John Deere frontend loader and a 6-foot flail mower, unknown brand. Also stolen was a green 2001 Kawasaki Mule utility vehicle, VIN No. JK1AFCE1X2B512114, with 1″x6″ cedar boards for a bed and a cracked hood with bolted repairs.
If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Hutchison at 512-863-2337.
A fifth suspect in Northeast Texas cattle theft ring was arrested Friday on charges of organized criminal activity. The men are accused of participating in a string of cattle thefts in Delta and Fannin counties in March 2014. Charles Damon Williams, 35, of Cooper, was arrested Friday. TSCRA Special Rangers Toney Hurley and Troy McKinney led the investigation.
Previously arrested were Jonathan Jones, 20, of Cooper, on March 24; John Green, 43, of Klondike, on March 26; James Shaffer, 60, Terrell, on April 2; and Terry Wynne, 51, Terrell, on April 2.
On March 18, authorities in Delta County received a call from a neighbor who witnessed a suspicious vehicle and trailer leaving one of the victims’ property. The witness was able to obtain a license plate number, which led authorities to the suspects.
According to Hurley, as many as 26 head of cattle were stolen from five victims in Delta County and 10 head from two victims in Fannin county. Hurley and McKinney were able to recover 32 of 36 head and return them to their proper owners.
“This is a prime example of neighbors looking out for neighbors, which isn’t unusual in the ranching community,” said Hurley. “Because we were able Read more…
TSCRA Special Ranger Kent Dowell, Dist. 3 in Central Oklahoma, reports a calf missing from a property in Kiowa County and a 4×4 Polaris sport utility was stolen in Okmulgee County.
Missing from a property in Kiowa county on March 24 is a black stocker calf with a T into J brand on the left hip and a full V notch on the bottom left ear. Also, on March 27, a thief or thieves drove through an open gate to steal a 2012 side-by-side Polaris sport utility.
If you have any information regarding these cases, please call Special Ranger Dowell at 405-941-4117.
A Mt. Calm man turned himself in to authorities March 31 after he was charged with felony livestock theft. TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills lead the investigation.
Colby W. Tennison, 20, is accused of stealing and selling a total of nine head of unbranded cattle on two separate occasions from a victim near West in McLennan County. According to records, the cattle sold for more than $8,400.
“We can’t stress enough the importance of branding your cattle,” said Wills. “This was one instance where we were able to locate them, but it’s not always the case with unmarked livestock.”
Wills also seized a Polaris 500 four-wheeler and more than $4,500 in cash from Tennison. Two head of the cattle were recovered and returned to the owner.
Tennison is in custody in the McLennan County jail awaiting arraignment.
TSCRA would like to thank the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office for their help with the investigation.
TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in south Central Texas, reports the theft of items from a property in Falls County. Some time between March 10 and 18, a thief or thieves entered the property near Lott to steal a bright green 2013 Kawasaki 4×4 Mule with a full black front brush guard, model KAF950GDF, Serial No. JK1AFDG14DB508517. Also missing are a computer, numerous household items and household copper wire. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Wills at 254-865-2571.
TSCRA Special Ranger Tommy Charbula, Dist. 24, reports heifers missing from a property in Southern Brazoria County. In October 2013 a fence was cut on the property in Jones Creek. Missing are four white Charolais heifers with the T/3 brand on their left hip. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Charbula at 361-782-5209.
TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in East Texas, reports the theft of a heifer from a property east of Timpson in Shelby County. During the last week of January, a lock and chain were cut to steal one gray heifer with a softball-sized dark spot on her left side, weighing approximately 750 pounds and heavy springing with first calf. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Hand at 903-592-5252.
TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in Oklahoma, reports the theft of one black Angus bull calf from a property near Vinita in Craig County some time between March 17 and 19. The calf had green ear tags in both ears with the number 2901. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Perrier at 918-275-4257.
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Raymond Perry Muse, 45, of Chireno, turned himself in to authorities March 18 after he was indicted by a Grand Jury on three counts of felony livestock theft. TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand was the lead investigator on the case, along with Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson and Market Inspector Pat McGuigan. Muse is accused of stealing cattle from two neighbors. Read more…
TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in Oklahoma, reports the theft of a gooseneck trailer from a parking lot in Okmulgee County. On March 8, a 2010 EBY Wrangler 24-foot aluminum gooseneck stock trailer with punched sides, VIN# 4A2LG2523A3002700, was taken from a ranch sorting event in Beggs. Each side the trailer’s nose had a large black silhouette cutout of a steer with the letters “WGL” cut out. The suspect vehicle is a white regular-cab dually pickup.
If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918 342-0888.
Source: Drovers CattleNetwork
“Cattle theft is a unique crime,” says TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier. “Anybody can rob a house or commit murder, but not just anybody can steal cattle. I have yet to meet a cattle thief that wasn’t a cowboy.” Read more…
TSCRA Special Ranger Kent Dowell, Dist. 3 in Oklahoma, reports the theft of 7 panel gates and 6 head of cattle from a properties in Okfuskee County and 3 head of cattle missing from a property near Mannsville in Johnston County. Read more…
TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in north Central Oklahoma reports a black Angus calf missing from a property near Orlando in Payne County. The 1-week-old bull calf went missing some time between March 1 and 3, weighed approximately 75 pounds and had been recently banded, processed and had an orange ear tag in the left ear. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked call Special Ranger Perrier at 918-275-4257.
TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley, Dist. 12 in East Texas, also reports the theft of 7 head of cattle from a property in Delta County East of Commerce. Some time between March 4 and 5, a thief or thieves cut the lock on a gate to steal the cattle, all of which had yellow tags in the left ear. Stolen were 2 black Brangus cows weighing approximately 1400 to 1500 pounds, each, with a star freeze brand on the left hip; 2 black Brangus steers, approximately 18 months old; 2 black Brangus heifers approximately 8 months old; and 1 four-month old black Brangus bull calf. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Toney Hurley at 903-945-3236.
TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley, Dist. 12 in northern East Texas, reports the theft of several pieces of equipment from a property near Queen City in Cass County. Some time between Feb. 13 and 18, a thief or thieves took a 2010 John Deer tractor, model 7520; a 2009 net-wrap round baler, model 568; a 2013 40-foot tandem dual dovetail gooseneck trailer; and a Lincoln 200 welder on a 15-foot single axle trailer.
If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Hurley at 903-945-3236.
TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw, Dist. 9 in North Texas, reports 3 head of cattle missing from a property in Jack County some time between Feb. 1 and 3.
Missing are one black Angus bull, 3 years old, weighing approximately 2,000 pounds with the “RA” Brown brand on the left hip; one black Angus cow weighing approximately 1,300 pounds with a lazy E brand on the left shoulder and a number brand on the left hip; and one black Angus-Longhorn cross calf weighing approximately 250 pounds with an under bit on the left ear.
If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Bradshaw at 940-845-2019.
A Delaware, Okla., woman was arrested Feb. 15 on felony embezzlement charges after she was alleged to have sold a registered Quarter Horse that she did not own and altered the ownership documents of a second horse. Alana Diane Owens, 41, was released the same day from the Nowata County jail on a $5,000 bond.
Alana Diane Owens
According to TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Owens is accused of selling the horse to a Nebraska buyer without permission from horse’s owners. Both horses were on loan to Owens. She was still in possession of the second horse, although ownership documents had been altered.
Perrier says the investigation is ongoing and steps are being taken to return the horses to their rightful owners.
“This case is a prime example of TSCRA’s ability to utilize its law enforcement contacts nationwide to locate and recover stolen livestock,” said Perrier.
TSCRA would like to thank David Horton, investigator with the Nebraska Brand Committee, for his assistance with the investigation.
TSCRA Special Ranger Doug Hutchiston, Dist. 20 in south Central Texas, reports a cow missing from a property near Elgin in Bastrop County. The cow may now be stolen. Missing is one heavy-bred black Angus cow, branded with a “PH” on the left hip and a white ear tag #28 in the left ear. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Hutchison at 512-863-2337.
TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, Dist. 14 in East Texas, reports the theft of various items, including saddles, power tools, electronics, a flatbed truck and trailer, hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel and a black Brangus bull from various properties around the beginning of February.
Some time between Feb. 3 and 5, a thief or thieves entered a structure through a window at a property near Streetman in Freestone County. Stolen were a saddle rack, 2 western saddles, 2 halters, 2 bridles, a 22-inch Stihl chain saw, a yellow fence stretcher, a Nikon model 80 spotting scope with tripod, a Jeep 5-inch black and white television receiver, a 12-inch television, an 8-man blue camping tent, a large window air conditioning unit, a water-cooled evaporative fan, a green Coleman lantern and 8 John Wayne DVDs.
Special Ranger Dickson also reports an estray bull in Navarro County that is now believed to be stolen. Some time between Jan. 30 and Feb. 3, a 3-year-old black Brangus bull escaped from a pasture near Purdon in Navarro County. At the time the bull went missing, it had an ear tag with #6203 in the left ear.
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TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman, Dist. 10 in North Texas, reports the theft of three saddles from a store in Weatherford. Early on Sunday morning, Feb. 02, a thief or thieves broke into David’s Western Store in Weatherford to steal a Cactus Relentless Team Roper saddle with a 14.5 inch seat, and oak tooling on swells, skirts, and fenders, serial no. 541573; a NRS youth Ranch Roper saddle with a 13-inch slick seat and a 4 inch cantle; and a NRS 1/2-breed barrel racing saddle with a 15-inch padded seat, a 5 inch cantle, tooling on skirts and swells. The NRS saddles do not have serial numbers. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Goodman at 817-309-5048. TSCRA’s Tip Hotline “Operation Cow Thief” offers a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and/or grand jury indictment of thieves. Anonymity is guaranteed. To provide information, call 888-830-2333.