TSCRA Crime Watch: Cow killed and butchered in NE OK

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the killing of a cow on a property near Collinsville in Tulsa County. On Aug. 30, someone entered the property through an unlocked gate and killed a black heavy bred Angus cow weighing approximately 1500 pounds. The cow was partially butchered. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

Oklahoma man pleads no contest on charges of larceny

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An eastern Oklahoma man pleaded no contest to a charge of felony larceny of cattle on Aug. 18 after he was named in the 2014 theft and sale of 4 heifers from an Adair County, Okla., rancher. TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigation. Jay David Fuson, 25, of Stilwell, Okla., was a suspect in the theft of 4 heifers on Sept. 19, 2014, from a rancher near Christie, Okla. The heifers were taken from a set of locked pens on the victim’s ranch. The following day Fuson transported the cattle to the Tahlequah Livestock Auction, where he attempted to sell them under different names. Read more…

Henryetta man arrested on charges of cattle theft

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A Henryetta, Okla., man surrendered to authorities Wednesday and was charged with 7 counts of felony larceny of livestock. According to investigating TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Devin Alex Longan, 19, and Kiley Johnson, are suspects in the theft of 7 calves from an Okfuskee County rancher. The stolen calves were transported to the Okmulgee Livestock Auction and sold. Longan and Johnson are alleged to have visited the Okmulgee stockyards on the following day to retrieve a check for the sale of the calves and dividing the profits. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in South Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Steve Martin, Dist. 30 in South Texas, reports 8 head of cattle missing from properties in Brooks, Karnes and Bee Counties. Some time since June two Charolais bulls went missing from pastures in Karnes and Bee Counties. Both bulls, one weighing approximately 1100 pounds and the other weighing approximately 1700 pounds, have a 4E connected brand on their left hip. Martin also reports 5 cows and a bull missing from a property in Brooks County since Aug. 1. Two of the cows are 5 year old reddish Beefmaster crosses with no horns weighing approximately 800 to 900 pounds, each. These cattle have an “open 8” brand that looks like a shoe print on the left hip; the remaining 3 cows are two-year-old Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 10 head of cattle missing in East Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, Dist. 14 in East Texas, reports the theft of 10 head of cattle from a property in Freestone County. Some time between Aug. 18 and 24 a thief or thieves removed a chain and lock from a gate to steal the 9 red unbranded heifers and 1 black cow branded JJ on the left hip. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Dickson at 903-586-8733.  

An old crime is on the rise

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Crooks and criminals in America’s farm country are turning to an old crime — cattle rustling. The high price for beef and substance abuse are behind the surge in livestock theft, and that’s putting some ranchers on edge. National Public Radio talked to victims of theft and the TSCRA Special Rangers who investigate. Read more or listen to the story at NPR.org…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Saddles, bridles, 4x4 ATV and ranch equipment stolen in SE Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, Dist. 21 in near East Texas, reports two thefts involving saddles, bridles, a Kawasaki Mule 4×4, and miscellaneous ranch equipment from properties in Robertson and Burleson counties. On July 30 a thief or thieves cut a lock to gain entry to a property in Robertson County to steal a black 2010 Kawasaki Mule 4×4, a Kobalt air compressor, a Poulan 16-inch chain saw and 18-inch bolt cutters. An additional theft was reported on Aug. 15 at a roping held on the Burleson County Fairgrounds. Stolen was a Jeff Smith “Region X Champion Header” trophy saddle; a Clay Hamel full roughout saddle and several bridles. If you have any information regarding these thefts, please call Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle chute stolen in Medina County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Robin Clark, Dist. 28 in South Texas, reports the theft of a cattle chute from a property near Biry in Medina County. Some time on Aug. 18 a thief or thieves cut a lock on a gate to steal a Titan West manual cattle chute with a palpation cage, serial no. 0929092315G. Click here to view a similar style chute. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Clark at 830-278-5778.

Texas crop, weather, for Aug. 18, 2015

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Cattle prices continued their upward climb in the past week, according Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service regional reports. Cattle theft has continued to increase as market prices have risen in conjunction with the drought Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 19 steers missing in SW OK, Saddle and tack stolen in NE OK

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TSCRA Special Ranger Brett Wellden reports thefts in northeast and southwest Oklahoma involving a total of 19 branded head of steers, 3 saddles, other tack and a water tank. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cow shot in NE OK, cattle stolen in Far South Texas

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SCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the shooting of a cow near Chelsea in Rogers County. TSCRA Special Ranger Steve Martin, Dist. 30 in far South Texas, also reports 3 cases of stolen cows and calves totaling 25 head in the last couple of months. Read more…

Freestone County theft suspect surrenders

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Sharon Nehring, also known as Sharon Jacoby, 57, of Freestone County, surrendered to authorities Tuesday and was charged with felony theft of livestock. TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson and other law enforcement authorities searched for Nehring for several months after an investigation alleged Nehring had purchased thousands of dollars worth of lambs and goats with a worthless check from the Freestone County Fair in June 2014. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in SW OK, SE TX

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TSCRA Special Ranger Brett Wellden, Dist. 3 in Oklahoma, reports the recent theft of 19 head of cattle from Kiowa County properties in the southwest area of the state. Missing are 10 head of mostly black steers weighing approximately 350 to 400 pounds, each, with a KM brand on the right hip and green ear tags in the right ear. Also missing from a neighboring property are 9 black yearling steers weighing approximately 700 pounds, each, with an MC brand and numbered eartags. If you have any information regarding these cases, please call Special Ranger Wellden at 405-586-9145. TSCRA Special Ranger Brent Mast, Dist. 22 in southeast Texas, reports 9 head of cattle missing from a property in Madison County. Missing are a red Beefmaster Read more…

Arkansas cattle thief sentenced to 10 years in prison

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Levi Boyd, 36, of Camden, Ark., was sentenced to 10 years in prison Aug. 5 after he was found guilty on charges of stealing approximately 70 head of cattle and ranching equipment across Texas and Arkansas. Boyd was also ordered to pay restitution of $11,158.35 to the victim and $17,546.65 to a cattle auction’s insurance company. TSCRA Special Rangers Toney Hurley, Brent Mast, Hal Dumas, Marvin Wills and Larry Hand were involved in the investigation. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Theft at Robertson County property

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TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, Dist. 21 in Texas, reports the theft of a utility vehicle and other equipment from a property in Robertson County. Taken on July 31 was a 2010 Kawasaki Mule 4×4, a Kobalt brand air compressor, a Poulan 16-inch chain saw and 18-inch bolt cutters. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832.  

TSCRA Crime Watch: 13 calves missing from Cheyenne, Roger Mills County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Ben Eggleston, District 2, western Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle, reports that 13 crossbred and Hereford calves have gone missing, as of July 23, from a property at Cheyenne, Okla., in Roger Mills County. There was no sign of forced entry to the property. The calves were being weaned in pens next to a county road. If you have information regarding these calves, please call Special Ranger Eggleston at 806-852-4741.

TSCRA Crime Watch: 12 cows taken from northern Brazoria County property

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TSCRA Special Ranger Tommy Charbula, District 24, Gulf Coast area, reports 12 Brangus and mixed color cows went missing from a property at Rosharon in northern Brazoria County after July 18. The thief or thieves cut the lock on the entry gate and removed the chain to enter the property. The cattle are branded with a KS on the left hip or a Circle K on the right shoulder. If you have information regarding these missing cows, please contact Special Ranger Charbula at 361-782-5209.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Saddle and breast collar stolen in SE OK, Cow stolen in NE OK

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in southeastern Oklahoma, reports the theft of a saddle and breast collar during a rodeo Saturday, July 31, in Idabel in McCurtain County, and TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northwestern Oklahoma, reports the Aug. 1 theft of a red roan shorhorn cow from a property near Talala in Washington County. Read more…

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…