Three Washington County men arrested on livestock theft charges

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Three Washington County Men were arrested and charged with third degree felony theft of livestock after they were accused of stealing calves from a rancher in Burton. Earl Wain Mathis, 47, and Donnell Patterson, 17, were arrested July 25. Arthur Gantt Reliford, 38, was arrested July 24. TSCRA Special Ranger Doug Hutchison led the investigation. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Ranch truck stolen in southern Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in South Oklahoma reports the theft of a truck from a property in Bryan County. On July 25, a suspect or suspects drove the 1997 Dodge 2-door 1-ton flatbed pickup through a barbed-wire fence and off the property near Bokchito. The truck has the Oklahoma license plate 791-ICF, truck’s VIN is 1B6MF36D7VJ548319 and had a white 3C cube feeder and a black metal push bumper. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Perrier at 918-275-4257.

Shelby County man arrested on livestock theft charge

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A Shelby County man turned himself in to authorities Monday, July 21, after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was charged with felony theft of livestock and released on a $4,000 bond. Hollis Neel Farris, 53, a rancher and poultry producer, was accused of taking his neighbor’s stray bull to an east Texas sale barn, pocketing the funds and denying to the victim ever seeing the bull after selling it. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle, horse missing in Central Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in southern Central Texas, reports the theft of a horse from a Hubbard event arena in Hill County July 22. Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, Dist. 14 in eastern Central Texas, also reports 31 head of cross breed branded cattle missing in Freestone County. Read more…

Ranchers and landowners reminded not to leave keys, firearms, in vehicles

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TSCRA Special Rangers, Texas law enforcement and border security authorities would like to remind ranchers and landowners in South and West Texas near the Mexican border to not leave keys, firearms or ammunition in vehicles. Theft of ranch vehicles, including ATVs and tractors, by border crossers has been on the increase, leading to damaged fences and equipment. Firearms and ammunition left in these vehicles could fall into the wrong hands and endanger law enforcement personnel and landowners.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Hay baler stolen in Fort Bend County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Tommy Charbula, Dist. 24 in South Texas, reports the theft of a hay baler from a property in Fort Bend County. On June 20 a thief or thieves cut a lock to steal the 2012 John Deere round hay baler, model 568, VIN 1E00568XCCC388730. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Charbula at 361-782-5209. On June 20 this hay baler was stolen from a property in Fort Bend County.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in Bell County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in Central Texas reports cattle missing from a property in Bell County. The cattle are 14 mostly black crossbred steers weighing approximately 600 pounds, each, and went missing some time between May 8 and June 25. The cattle were branded with a Y on the right rib. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Wills at 254-865-2571.

South Texas man charged with obtaining property by false pretenses

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A South Texas man has been charged with a felony of obtaining property by false pretenses and a warrant was issued for his arrest in Bryan County, Okla. on Thursday. The investigation was led by TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier. On June 6, the suspect, Raymond James “RJ” Fleming, 30, purchased 40 head of livestock from the Caddo Livestock Auction, located in Bryan County, for $52,000 and issued the auction a check for purchase. Later on the same day, Fleming wrote another check to the same auction in the amount of $60,805 for the purchase of 23 additional head of cattle. Both checks were returned due to insufficient funds. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle stolen in south Central Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, Dist. 21 in North Texas, reports the theft of 15 head of cattle from a property in Robertson County. Some time between June 23 and 27 a thief or thieves broke a lock and loaded 14 bred black and black baldy motley-faced heifers and one black steer. The heifers have an LF brand on their left hip and the steer weighs approximately 500 pounds and has a slit and under bit right ear and a swallow fork left ear. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Saddles stolen in Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in Oklahoma, reports the July 2 theft of two saddles from a trailer located at a property in Tulsa County near Collinsville. Stolen were a 2002 Trophy Tack roping saddle with roughout fenders stamped with “Tulsa 2002,” tooling on the cantle and skirt; and a second saddle with tooling on the cantle and skirt with roughout fenders and red and black rubber on the horn. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger 918-275-4257.

Erath County man sentenced to eight years for cattle crimes

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Richard Theron Talley, 47, of Santon, was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday by an Erath County judge after he was convicted of one count of misapplication of fiduciary property. According to TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman, Talley was charged in December 2013 after he mortgaged cattle that belonged to his employer. The bank eventually repossessed the cattle and sold them. Talley is on probation in Parker, Hunt and Hill counties. TSCRA would like to thank the Erath County district attorney’s office for their work securing a strong sentence.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Horses missing in East Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, Dist. 14 in East Texas, reports two horses missing from a property northwest of Van in Van Zandt County. Missing are two geldings: a black Tennessee Walking Horse with a white spot on its right side and a black and white paint. The horses have no brands and went missing some time around June 9. If you have any information about these horses, please call Special Ranger Dickson at 903-586-8733.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Bulls missing in central Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in Oklahoma, reports 3 bulls missing from a property near Wellston in Lincoln County some time between June 9 and 10. The bulls are unbranded black Angus with yellow ear tags in the left ear numbered Y085, Y078 and Z15. Two bulls are 2 years old and weigh approximately 1,000 pounds, each. The third bull is 1 year old and smaller. If you have any information on these bulls, please call Special Ranger Perrier at 918-275-4257.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Feed bunk stolen in Oklahoma


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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in Oklahoma, reports the theft of a feedbunk in Rogers County. On May 25 someone loaded the homemade feedbunk onto a trailer and removed it from a property near Talala. The feedbunk is made of rust-colored steel pipe, 18 to 20 feet long and 8 feet wide. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888

Reward offered in South Texas horse shooting

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Authorities with TSCRA are looking for information regarding the shooting of a South Texas horse. According to TSCRA Special Ranger Sonny Seewald, on the night of May 23 or the morning of May 24, someone shot a horse at the Lucky Feedlot in Devine. The victim is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of those involved. Anyone with information should contact TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Calves stolen in Gulf Coast region

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TSCRA Special Ranger Tommy Charbula, Dist. 24, reports the theft of 4 calves from a property near Damon in the Gulf Coast area of Texas. Missing since April 27 are 4 small calves, weighing approximately 250 pounds, each. They are described as one black bull calf, one Brahman bull calf and two crossbred calves. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Charbula at 361-782-5209.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Guns stolen from far South Texas ranch

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TSCRA Special Ranger Robin Clark, Dist. 28 in South Texas, reports the theft of guns, hunting equipment and a television from a property near Cotulla in LaSalle County. On April 22, a thief or thieves broke into a hunting lodge to steal Leupold 10×40 binoculars, serial no. 281606N; Harrington & Richardson 32-gauge dart gun with a 4×32 Nikon scope, serial no. AN259635; Savage .22-gauge long rifle with a 3×9 Simmons scope, serial no. 05039948; Remington 700 270 caliber custom TDA on stock with 3×9 Leupold scope, serial no. G647778; Rossi .410/.22 LR, serial no. 12222064; Smith & Wesson stainless .38 Special revolver, serial no. J802191; Browning Citori over/under 28-gauge shotgun, serial no. 28447MM131; Sako 22-250, no serial number; Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, no serial Read more…

Oklahoma man charged with Greer County cattle theft

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A Martha, Okla., surrendered to authorities May 23 after he was charged with Larceny of Domestic Animals. TSCRA Special Rangers Ben Eggleston and Scott Williamson led the investigation. Dustin Mitchell Cooper, 30, is accused of the September 2010 theft of 10 calves worth approximately $10,000 from a property in Greer County, Okla. According to Eggleston, on the day of the reported theft, Cooper sold 10 calves at the Hobart Stock Yards under the name D Cross C Ranch. “This area has been a hotbed for cattle theft over the past few years,” said Eggleston. “Ranchers need to make sure they are branding their livestock and reporting stolen cattle to TSCRA.” Cooper was released on a $5,000 bond. If convicted, he could be sentenced up to Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Saddles, tools, cattle missing in Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in Oklahoma, reports the theft of saddles, ropes and wrenches from a property in Kay County and 26 head of steer stolen in Craig County. Special Ranger John Cummings also reports a black Brangus bull missing in Cherokee County. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Tractor, tools and equipment missing

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw, Dist. 9, reports the theft of a John Deere tractor from a property in Clay County. Some time between May 2 and 5 a thief or thieves cut fences on the property near Byers to steal a 2012 John Deere model no. 5045E, serial no. 1PY5045ECCBD02853. The tractor has a fork lift attached to the front. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Bradshaw at 940-845-2019. Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in East Texas, also reports the theft of several items from a ranch east of Winona in Smith County. On May 5, a thief or thieves cut a gate chain to gain access to a locked shop on the property. Stolen was a case Read more…