Cattle thief gets 30 years in prison

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Clinton Easter, 47, of Eastland County, was convicted Jan. 28 of 2 first degree felony cattle theft charges in Coleman County and sentenced to 30 years in prison. He will serve 30 years confinement, concurrently, on each case. Easter had also been charged with similar offenses in Eastland, Comanche and Stephens counties. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Portable pen trailer stolen in East Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, Dist. 14 in near East Texas, reports the theft of a portable pen trailer from a property near Donie in Freestone County. Some time after Jan. 18 a thief or thieves took a red 2015 OK Corral portable pen trailer, serial no. 420153374. The trailer sported several Holmes Livestock stickers. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Dickson at 903-586-8733.  

TSCRA Crime Watch: Tractor, saddles, trailers, 4-wheelers and ranch equipment stolen in NE OK

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the theft of a tractor and other ranch equipment from a property near Nowata in Nowata County. Some time after Jan. 6 a thief or thieves entered a barn to steal a New Holland TN 75 open station 4×4 tractor, serial no. 001276911; a New Holland 32LA loader, serial no. S2E0278; a Honeywell 6500 generator; and a metal 4-wheel utility wagon. Also stolen some time after Jan. 25 from a property near Muskogee was a 32-foot black PJ gooseneck flatbed trailer; 2 brown saddles; a Suzuki 4-wheeler; a Polaris 4-wheeler; a Honda 4-wheeler; and assorted cow medicines and vaccines. If you have any information on these cases, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

Arrest in theft of calf from Plainview Rodeo Arena

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Jim Bob Beene, 48, was arrested Jan. 22 and charged with one count of third degree felony theft of livestock in the case of a calf stolen from the Plainview Rodeo Arena. After the arrest was made, the suspect was charged with 2 additional counts of third degree felony theft of livestock after he confessed to stealing other calves from a rancher who runs cattle in Swisher County. Read more…

Three-state ATV theft ring busted

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Seven out of a possible 22 suspects accused of participation in an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) theft ring in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma have been arrested on charges of organized criminal activity. TSCRA Special Rangers and local law enforcement authorities have recovered 14 stolen ATVs so far, with more possible. TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley and Sulphur Springs Police Department Sgt. Bo Fox are leading the investigation with assistance from TSCRA Special Rangers Troy McKinney, Wayne Goodman and additional law enforcement departments in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in East Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, Dist. 14 in East Texas, reports the theft of cattle from two properties in Freestone County. Missing since November 2015 are 2 black Angus bulls branded with a 5T on the left hip. Also missing from a separate property in Freestone County since Jan. 14 is a black Brangus-type steer weighing approximately 475 pounds with a crop on lower right ear, and a black Angus-type heifer weighing approximately 400 pounds with a crop in the lower right ear. If you have any information regarding these thefts, please call Special Ranger Dickson at 903-586-8733.

Cattle thieves beware: TSCRA Special Rangers gonna getcha

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TSCRA’s Larry Gray, executive director of law enforcement, talks about what it takes to be a TSCRA Special Ranger and what they do on the KGNC radio News Now radio show. Click here to listen…

Arrest in case of horse stolen from Mason County rancher

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Bradley Williams, 49, was arrested Jan. 12 in Cisco on a charge of felony theft of livestock in the case of a horse stolen from a rancher in Mason County. TSCRA Special Rangers Mike Barr and Wayne Goodman led the investigation, with assistance from TSCRA Special Ranger Gary Baros. Read more…

Investigation underway in burglary of Raywood Livestock Market

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TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Belt and Liberty County Sheriff’s Office authorities are investigating the theft of approximately $85,000 of equipment from the Raywood Livestock Market southeast of Houston. According to Belt, stolen was a GMC diesel truck, a 20-foot lowboy trailer, a Bobcat skid-steer and a Kabota Excavator. The property was eventually recovered from multiple properties in South Liberty County. Read more…

Liberty County man arrested in case of cattle purchased on closed account

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Daniel O’Quinn, 51, of Dayton, Texas, was arrested Jan. 8 and charged with theft of livestock in the case of 8 head of cattle purchased on a closed account at the Hills Prairie Livestock Auction in Bastrop. This case was handled jointly by TSCRA Special Rangers Jimmy Belt, Hal Dumas, Brent Mast and Bastrop County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Garvel. Read more…

Second suspect arrested in Oklahoma calf theft

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Robbie Don Ellis, 24, of Claremore, Okla., was arrested Dec. 26 on a felony warrant in Nevada, Missouri, in the case of a calf stolen from a Rogers County, Okla., rancher. TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings led the investigation and TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier assisted. Read more…

High market prices drive 2015 increase in Oklahoma cattle rustling cases

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At the start of 2015, beef prices were high after year-long droughts caused ranchers to significantly cut their herds, limiting supply and increasing demand — and rustlers responded, said Larry Gray, executive director of the TSCRA’s law enforcement and theft prevention services. Read more at Tulsa World…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Heifer killed and butchered in NE OK

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 In northeast Oklahoma, reports a brown heifer killed and butchered at a property near Rogers, Okla. Some time between Dec. 10 and 14 a fence was cut near Chelsea in Rogers County and a brown heifer weighing approximately 800 pounds was killed and partially butchered. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

Oklahoma woman charged in case of newborn calf theft

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Jenny Lynn Davis, 36, of Rogers County, Okla., was arrested Monday and charged with larceny of a domestic animal in the case of a newborn calf stolen from a Rogers County rancher. A second theft suspect has been identified as is being sought. Employees of a livestock auction became suspicious when a the calf was brought in for consignment and contacted TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, who led the investigation, with assistance from Special Ranger Bart Perrier. Read more…

Special Ranger membership contest winner attends NFR in Vegas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15, was top recruiter in the 2015 membership contest for special rangers. The grand prize for top recruiter was a paid trip to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 6 Polaris side-by-side UTVs stolen in NE Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley, Dist. 12 in Northeast Texas, reports the theft of 6 Polaris side-by-side utility task vehicles (UTV) from a property near Sulphur Springs in Hopkins County. Some time during the early hours of Nov. 23, a thief or thieves cut a fence to steal two Red Rzr 170s, a Blue Rzr 170, a Blue Rzr 1000, a Titanium Rzr 1000 and an orange and black Ranger Highlifter 900. Serial numbers are available upon request. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Hurley at 903-945-3236. 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.

Cattle theft still a problem, but preventable

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The Abilene Reporter-News talked to Special Rangers Scott Williamson and Joe Roberts about cattle theft, how TSCRA Special Rangers are on the case, and the best ways to prevent becoming a victim. Read more at the Abilene Reporter-News…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Black weaning calves missing in SW OK

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TSCRA Special Ranger Ben Eggleston reports 20 black calves missing from a property East of Erick in Beckham County. Stolen some time after Nov. 15 were 20 head of black steers and heifers weighing between 550 to 600 pounds, each, with a D- brand on their right hip. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Eggleston at 806-852-4741.  

Two East Texas men arrested in cattle theft case

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Two East Texas men have been arrested and charged with felony theft of livestock in a case involving the theft of 3 cows from a Carthage rancher. TSCRA Special Rangers worked closely with local law enforcement, TSCRA market inspectors and livestock markets to identify the stolen cattle by their brands, track down the suspects and make arrests in the case. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Steers missing in Central Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw, Dist. 9 in Central Texas, reports 14 head of mixed yearling steers missing from a property near Byers in Clay County. The steers are hornless red, black and yellow, yearlings that weigh 400 to 500 pounds, each, and have brands on the left hip. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Bradshaw at 940-389-6123.

TSCRA Crime Watch: 28 calves stolen in Uvalde County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Robin Clark, Dist. 28 in South Texas, reports the Nov. 5 theft of 28 roping calves from an arena in Uvalde County. Missing are 28 head of black, black with motley face or Charolais roping calves weighing 250 to 350 pounds, each. One black heifer had a 7 brand on the left hip. All the other calves were unbranded and had numbered plastic ear tags. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Clark at 830-278-5778.

Who is stealing cattle in Texas and why

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TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman discusses cattle theft, cattle thieves, and why it’s such a problem in Texas. Listen to the story at Texas Standard…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Tractor, rotary mower stolen in South Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Robin Clark, Dist. 28 in south Texas, reports the theft of a John Deere tractor and 14-foot Bush Hog shredder in Zavala County near Batesville. Some time on Oct. 31, a thief or thieves made off with a John Deere tractor model 5065, serial no. 1PY5065ETCB007797 with loader attachment model 553, serial no. 1P00553XCCX028316. Also taken was a non-folding 14-foot flat deck red Bush Hog shredder, model no. 3414, serial no. 1201596. If you have any information regarding this theft, please contact Special Ranger Clark at 830-278-5778.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Kubota 4x4 RTV missing in NE OK

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TSCRA John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the recent theft of a Kubota 4×4 RTV from a property near Adair in Craig County. Missing is a camouflage 2008 Kubota 1100 RTV 4×4 with a diesel engine, full cab with heat and air, dump bed and a #4000 Warren winch on the front end. Both front doors had been removed prior to the theft. The RTV’s serial number is 15336. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

Bristow man arrested and charged with cattle theft

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A Bristow, Okla., man was arrested Tuesday in Sand Springs and charged by the Tulsa County Court with larceny of cattle and burglary in the second degree in a case involving 12 head of cattle stolen from 2 Tulsa County ranchers. TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigation with assistance from Special Ranger John Cummings. Read more…

Cattle theft still a modern-day problem

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Last week’s alert that more than 100 steer vanished from a farm in Waco didn’t surprise farmers and ranchers. In 2014, the total market value of stolen livestock and ranching equipment in Texas reached an nine-year high. The Texas Tribune talked to TSCRA’s Larry Gray about the rise in cattle theft. Read more…

TSCRA uses technology, experience to protect ranching way of life

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The Progressive Cattleman talked to TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley about the different tools the association’s law enforcement department has at their disposal to track down and prosecute agricultural crimes. Read more at The Progressive Cattleman…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 9 head of Santa Gertrudis cattle missing in Bee County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Steve Martin, Dist. 30 in far South Texas, reports 9 head of Santa Gertrudis cattle missing from a property in Bee County. Missing since August are 8 heavy-bred red Santa Gertrudis cows, aged 2 1/2 years old, with a J branded on the left ribs and a 4 branded on their left hip. Also missing is a red Santa Gertrudis bull, 4 1/2 years old, with an unknown brand. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Martin at 361-358-8851.

Information sought in McLennan Co. cattle theft

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TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills and local authorities are seeking information leading to the arrest or indictment of a suspect or suspects involved in the theft of 107 head of steers from a ranch near Waco. According to Wills, the steers weigh between 600 to 700 pounds, each, and have an “FS” brand on the left hip. The cattle were stolen sometime between Aug. 1 and Oct. 8. Anyone with further information regarding this case should contact TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333 or call Wills at 254-865-2571. A cash reward up to $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: Cattle missing in Brazos County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, Dist. 21 in southeast Texas, reports 2 head of cattle missing from a property in Brazos County. Missing since Oct. 4 are a black Angus bull and crossbred heifer, both branded with a 7 on the right shoulder. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832.

Information sought in Woods County cattle thefts

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A cash reward up to $2,000 has been offered through TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief for useful information leading to the arrest of suspect(s) responsible for multiple cattle thefts in the Woods County, Oklahoma area. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle stolen in Central Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in Central Texas, reports the theft of 11 head of cattle stolen from a property in western Falls County. Some time between Oct. 12 and 14 a thief or thieves took 11 head of mixed steers and heifers weighing approximately 400 pounds, each, and a Bar W brand on their left hip. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Wills at 254-865-2571.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing near Waco, far South Texas and NE OK

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This report includes the Crime Watch cases missing from Monday’s Cattleman Update. TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in Central Texas, reports the theft of 100 head of steers from a property near Waco in McClennan County; Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports 5 head of cattle missing from a pasture near Claremore in Rogers County; and Special Ranger Steve Martin, Dist. 30 in South Texas, reports the August theft of 12 cattle from a property in Jim Wells County. Read more…

Branding still the deal in the ranching business

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Port Arthur’s The News talks to TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Belt about why branding is still one of the most important things ranchers can do to prevent theft and assist law enforcement with property recovery. Read more at The News…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 100 steers missing near Waco; 5 cattle stolen in NE OK

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TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in Central Texas, reports the theft of 100 head of steers from a property near Waco in McClennan County and TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports 5 head of cattle missing from a pasture near Claremore in Rogers County. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Bull missing in NE TX; Bull and heifer missing in NE OK

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TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, Dist. 14 in northeast Texas, reports a black Angus bull missing from a property near Albany in Freestone County and TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in eastern Oklahoma, also reports 2 head of cattle missing from a pasture near Locust Grove in Mayes County. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Tractor stolen in NE TX; 12 heifers missing in SE OK

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TSCRA Special Ranger Troy McKinney, Dist. 11 in northeast Texas reports the theft of a John Deere tractor from a property in Fannin County and Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in southeast Oklahoma, reports the Sept. 15 theft of 11 black Brangus heifers and 1 super baldy black heifer from a pasture near Coalgate in Coal County. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cows and calves missing in north central OK

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TSCRA Special Ranger Brett Wellden, Dist. 3 in Central Oklahoma, reports the theft of 8 cow-calf pairs and two calves from a property near Dacoma in Woods County. The cattle, described as black cows weighing approximately 1200 pounds, each, have an MD brand on the right hip and unbranded 500-pound calves at side. Also missing are 2 additional unbranded and untagged 500 pound calves. These cattle were last seen in late August. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Wellden at 405-586-9145.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in NE Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Troy McKinney, Dist. 11 in Texas, reports cattle missing from properties in Fannin and Hunt counties northeast of the DFW area. The first report of missing cattle comes from a property near Quinlan in Hunt County, involving 6 head of first-time bred black heifers, weighing 800 to 900 pounds, each. These cattle are unbranded with no ear tags. The second report come from a property near Ravenna in Fannin County, where 50 head of crossbred mainly black calves weighing 200 to 300 pounds, each, are missing. These calves have no brands. If you have any information regarding either of these cases, please call Special Ranger McKinney 903-429-4011.

Fourth man arrested in Rusk County cattle theft case

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A fourth suspect has been arrested on charges of theft of livestock in a case involving the 2014 theft of cattle from Rusk County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Jackie Risinger of Mt. Enterprise in East Texas. Three additional suspects had already been indicted in the case, which was investigated by TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand with assistance by Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson and TSCRA Market Inspector Mike Miller. Read more…