Okemah, Okla. – A Henryetta, Okla. man surrendered to authorities Wed. and was charged with seven felony counts of larceny of livestock after stealing seven calves from an Okfuskee County, Okla. rancher.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigation.
According to Perrier, the suspect, Devin Alex Longan, 19, and co-defendant, Kiley Johnson, stole the seven head of calves from the victim and transported them to the Okmulgee Livestock Auction where the stolen calves were sold. Longan and Johnson went to the Okmulgee stockyards on the following day and retrieved the check for the sale of the calves, and the profits were divided.
Longan has formally been charged on this case and is currently being held in the Okfuskee County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Longan will return to court on Tues. Sept. 1, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. Johnson is currently being incarcerated on charges filed in Okfuskee County and is being held on a $200,000 bond on an unrelated case.
TSCRA would like to thank Detective Jeremy Wade with the Henryetta Police Department for his work and assistance during this investigation.
“This case provides an excellent example of TSCRA Special Rangers working closely with local law enforcement to investigate cattle theft cases and seek justice for ranchers who unfortunately become victims,” said Perrier.
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 138-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.