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.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Newborn calf stolen in NE Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Okla., reports the theft of a newborn calf from a pasture near Broken Arrow in Tulsa County. Sometime between April 10 and 13, a thief or thieves took down a fence to steal the black calf. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

Two North Texas men arrested and charged with horse theft

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Johnny Jackson, 35, and Justin Craig, 27, both of Bowie, were arrested on charges of third degree theft of livestock on April 17 and April 20 in the case of 3 horses stolen from the Bowie Livestock Auction in Bowie. The investigation was led by TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 6 head of cattle stolen in northeast Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley, Dist. 12 in northeast Texas, reports the theft of 6 head of cattle from a property south of Avery in Red River County. Some time between April 23 and 25, a thief or thieves cut a fence to steal: 2 registered 6-year-old black Brangus cows with a rocking M brand on the left rib; 2 Braford F1 cows, 5-to-6 years old, with the HH brand on the left hip; a 6-year-old black cow with a white face; and an F-1 cross heifer calf weighing approximately 450 pounds with a white strip down the face. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Hurley at 903-945-3236. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: A correction, Limousin heifers stolen in Central Texas, and livestock trailer, portable panels taken in South Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Joe Roberts, Dist. 16 in Central Texas, reports the March 23 theft of 7 red Limousin heifers from a property near Coleman in Coleman County. The heifers weigh an average of 600 pounds, each, have a crop in the right ear and a yellow numbered tag in the left ear. P2 is on the back of the eartag. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Roberts at 325-701-4667. TSCRA Special Ranger H.D. Brittain, Dist. 19 in southern Central Texas, reports the theft of 10 cow-calf pairs of black and black baldie cattle from a property in Comanche County. The cows have a “tilting S” brand on the left hip, with the S tilting toward the tail. They Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 30 head of cattle missing in the Texas Hill Country

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TSCRA Special Ranger Doug Hutchison, Dist. 20 in South Texas, reports 30 head of cattle missing from a property in the Cedar Creek area of Bastrop County. The cross-bred cattle, all yearlings of assorted colors, and weighing approximately 900 to 950 pounds, each, went missing on March 14 and are believed to be estray. The cattle have a round-bottom W brand on the right hip* and a double under bit mark in the right ear. They will also have yellow tags in the left ear with the ranch name and phone number. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Hutchison at 512-863-2337. *This was previously reported as a running W brand on the left hip, which was in error. The brand is Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in NE Oklahoma, Central Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in Oklahoma, reports the April 16 theft of 4 head of cattle from a property near Stilwell in Adair County. TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, Dist. 14 in Central Texas, also reports the recent theft of 15 head of cattle and calves, as well as a red cattle chute and gate, from a property near Barry in Navarro County. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Saddle stolen in South Texas, heifer missing in Central Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Gary Baros, Dist. 25 in far South Texas, reports the theft of a tan championship roping saddle from a property in Goliad County. TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northern Central Oklahoma, also reports a black motley-faced heifer missing from a property near Orlando in Payne County. Read more…

Rockwood man gets 15 years in cattle theft case

Don Ernest Estes, 40, of Rockwood, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in the state penitentiary on charges of cattle theft and prior criminal mischief. TSCRA Special Ranger Joe Roberts and Coleman County Sheriff’s Deputy Archie Lancaster led the investigation into the disappearance of $3,000 worth of cattle from a rancher in Coleman, which resulted in the  discovery of a steer sold at the Coleman Livestock Auction and 2 head of cattle on land leased to Estes. Read more…

Cattle rustling returns

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Drought across the U.S. has driven up the price of beef and made livestock a tempting target for theft. So as beef prices continue to climb because of drought and unemployment rates remain high, law enforcement officials are seeing cattle thefts increase from Florida to Wyoming. In 2014, nearly $6 million worth of cattle was stolen in Texas and Oklahoma. Hear what ranchers, TSCRA and other law enforcement agencies have to say about the rise in cattle theft. Read more at AlJazeera America

TSCRA Crime Watch: 40 head of cattle missing in southeast Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in Oklahoma, reports 40 cows missing from a property near Colgate in Coal County. The cattle, which went missing some time between Jan. 25 and March 25, are 29 Brangus-type older cows, mostly black, with a Z brand an corresponding 2, 3 or 4 year number on the left hip. Also missing is a red and white Corriente cow with a 4F brand on the left hip and 10 calves, mostly red, weighing approximately 500 to 700 pounds, each, with no brands or markings. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.