FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 26, 2014
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Waurika, Okla. – Cody Wayne Blalock, 28, of Ardmore Okla., surrendered himself to authorities Thursday on a felony warrant for knowingly concealing stolen property. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Bart Perrier and Carter County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Derek Helmke led the investigation. TSCRA Special Ranger Ben Eggleston assisted with the investigation.
Blalock was charged in the Jefferson County District Court after the investigation revealed he sold two steers that were stolen from the Spake Ranch, located in Carter County, Okla. Both steers were branded, which aided in their quick identification and recovery. The steers have been returned to the victim. The investigation continues unveiling additional suspects and charges in this case.
“This case highlights that branding livestock is an invaluable tool for law enforcement to quickly locate, identify and recover stolen livestock,” said Perrier.
Blalock was released from the Jefferson County Jail on an O.R. bond, and he is ordered to appear before the Jefferson County District Court on Nov. 18, 2014.
TSCRA would like to thank Lt. Helmke of the Carter County Sheriff’s Office for his hard work and assistance during this joint 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 137-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 16,000 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.