Gainesville, Texas – An Ardmore, Okla. man was arrested Wed. after stealing 90 head of cattle near Gainesville, Texas.
According to McKinney, the suspect Chancy Lynn Masey, 40, Ardmore, Okla, surrendered himself to authorities at the Cook County Jail in Gainesville, Texas after a felony warrant was issued for his arrest for the alleged theft of livestock charge.
McKinney said the suspect was caring for cattle that belonged to two ranchers from the Oklahoma City, Okla. area. Masey allegedly stole a total of 90 head of cattle in small numbers between Sept. 2015 and June 2016 and sold them at livestock markets in Overbook, Okla. and Waurika, Okla. The suspect was released on a $20,000 bond.
“This case provides an example of how important it is to know who you are doing business with,” said McKinney. “Cattle thieves often take advantage of others because they think they can get away with it. This was not the case for this suspect. I appreciate Sgt. Harp and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office for working with me to arrest another cattle thief.”
TSCRA would also like to thank Sgt. Harp and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance during this investigation.
TSCRA has 30 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
TSCRA is a 139-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 17,000 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 50,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, but throughout the Southwest.