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…

Two Coryell County men held on charges of livestock theft

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James Anthony Manning, 30, and Dylan R. Robinson, 21, both of Coryell County, were charged with theft of livestock Monday in a case involving the theft of two bulls from a rancher south of Gatesville. TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills led the investigation with assistance from the Coryell County Sheriff’s Department. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Corriente cow missing in East Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in East Texas, reports the possible theft of a cow from a property near Tyler in Smith County. Missing since April 1 is a 3-year-old black Corriente cow weighing approximately 800 pounds, with white flanks and 8-inch horns. The cow is branded with a flying W on the left hip. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Hand at 903-592-5252.

TSCRA Crime Watch: 12 head of cattle missing in Hardemann County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Scott Williamson, Dist. 8 in western North Texas, reports 12 head of cattle missing form a property near Quanah in Hardemann County. The cattle are mixed cross steers weighing 850 to 900 pounds, each, and branded with Lazy E on the right hip. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Williamson at 940-889-2269.

Arrest in string of livestock, guns and ranching equipment thefts

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Clinton James Easter, 47, of Eastland County, is a suspect in multiple thefts across Texas involving cattle, trailers, guns and miscellaneous property. TSCRA Special Rangers Joe Roberts and H.D. “Howard” Brittain led the investigation, with assistance from Special Rangers Wayne Goodman, Marvin Wills and John Bradshaw. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Tractor stolen in South Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Robin Clark, Dist. 28 in South Texas, reports the theft of a tractor from a property near Hondo in Medina County. On May 23 a thief or thieves took the John Deere 4255 tractor, serial no. RW4255H004903, with a green KD 50000QT front end loader and bale spike from an open field. If you have any information regarding this tractor, please call Special Ranger Clark at 830-278-5778.

North Richland Hills man arrested on charges of cattle theft

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A North Richland Hills man turned himself into authorities May 4 and was charged with third degree felony theft of livestock and second degree felony theft of livestock from the elderly in a case involving 144 head of cattle stolen from 2 North Texas ranchers. TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw led the investigation with assistance from Special Ranger Wayne Goodman and Texas Game Warden Chris Dowdy. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Tractor, travel trailer and ranch equipment stolen in Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the theft of a tractor, a motor home, metal hay ring and rotary mower in Delaware County. Some time between April 18 and May 10 a thief or thieves entered the property near Ketchum to steal a 2008 Kioti CK30 4-wheel drive orange tractor with a front loader, Serial no. 70117060; a white with brown stripes 1975 Ford F350 Roll-A-Long motor home with a brown cab, Vin no. E37AHW42160; one red Atwoods brand 3-piece metal hay ring; and a red 4-foot BrushHog-type rotary mower. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in far South Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Steve Martin, Dist. 30 in far South Texas, reports 3 cattle missing from a property in Brooks County. Missing are 3 black Brangus heifers, one with a motley face. All the cows are possibly early-bred, have a brand of a connected AW high on the right hip, a double bit in the right ear and white ear tags. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Martin at 361-358-8851.

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.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle theft north of Abilene

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TSCRA Special Ranger Joe Roberts, Dist. 16, reports the theft of 12 head of cattle from a property 5 miles east of Anson in Jones County. Some time between April 5 and 6, a thief or thieves cut a chain to steal 1 black bull weighing approximately 700 pounds branded with a  CF connected over a half circle;  5 black baldy unbranded bulls weighing approximately 600 pounds, each; and 6 red or black unbranded steers weighing approximately 500 pounds, each. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Roberts at 325-701-4667.

TSCRA Crime Watch: 29 crossbred cows missing in Robertson County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, Dist. 21 in South Texas, reports the theft of 29 cows from a property east of Bremond in Robertson County some time between May 1, 2014, and March 27, 2015. The cattle are crossbred cows branded with a lazy V on the left hip. Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832. 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. Read more…

Falls County man arrested on theft charges

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Aaron Christopher Keener, 19, of Marlin, was arrested March 6 and charged with third degree theft of property in a case where $34,000 worth of ranching equipment and other items were stolen from a Falls County rancher. The case is still under investigation and the arrest of additional suspects is possible. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Steers missing in south Central Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in in south Central Texas, reports 9 head of steers missing from a property in Bell County. The multicolored steers, weighing approximately 600 pounds, each, were branded with a Y on the left rib and went missing some time between Jan. 24 and March 16. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Wills at 254-865-2571.  

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cows and calves missing in northeast Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the theft of 8 head of cattle from a property in the Okesa area near Bartlesville in Osage County. Missing  since March 15 are 6 head of Charolais cross-bred calves weighing approximately 400 pounds, each, and 2 black or black white-faced cows. All the cows and calves have a Cross J brand on the left hip. If you have any information about this case, please call Special Ranger Perrier at 918-275-4257.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Angus bull missing in Burleson County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, Dist. 21 in southeast Central Texas reports a bull missing from a pasture in Burleson County. The black bull has a G6 brand on the left side and is very gentle, so it can be pasture loaded. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Black calves, stock trailer missing in northeastern Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northeastern Oklahoma, report the theft of two calves and a stock trailer from a property near Slick in Creek County sometime between March 14 and 15. Stolen were two black calves, a heifer and a steer, weighing approximately 450 pounds, each., with no brands, tags or ear notches. Also stolen from the property was a tan 16-foot bumper-pull stock trailer with a damaged roof and mismatched tires. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Perrier at 918-275-4257