FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
APRIL 7, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
TSCRA Operation Cow Thief Hotline Tip Assists in Arrest of Suspect
Carthage, Texas – Marvell Galloway, 60, of Carthage, Texas was arrested Tuesday in Sandusky, Ohio after Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Larry Hand received an anonymous tip on Monday through the TSCRA Operation Cow Thief Hotline on where the suspect was located.
The tip came to Hand on Monday and provided detailed information showing the suspect was living in Sandusky, Ohio. Panola County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jeff Ivy worked with Hand and Detective Sgt. Dana Newell of Sandusky, Ohio Police Department to locate and arrest Galloway.
Sgt. Ivy called the Sandusky Police Department Tuesday and asked them to assist Texas authorities. Sgt. Newell arrested Galloway within 30 minutes of the request.
Galloway is being held in the Erie County Ohio Jail on a preset $25,000 bond, awaiting extradition. He will be transferred to the Panola County Jail to post bond on the charge of theft of livestock of less than $100,000 with the likelihood of enhancement to a 2nd degree felony of exploitation of an elderly person.
Authorities had searched for Galloway for approximately three years after he was accused of stealing four head of cattle from his employer, an elderly rancher in Carthage, Texas. The victim was away from his property in Carthage for five days, and after returning he realized the cattle were missing from his herd. Hand helped the victim file a report with the Panola County Sheriff’s Department and TSCRA.
Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake will facilitate the transfer of Galloway on his 1,047 mile return to Texas from Ohio to face justice in the court system. The person who provided the tip through the Operation Cow Thief hotline will be compensated.
“This suspect was arrested due to a tip from the TSCRA Operation Cow Thief Hotline,” said Hand. “This proves how well the system works and how valuable it is for citizens to communicate with authorities. TSCRA appreciates Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake, Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Ivy and Sandusky Police Det. Sgt. Dana Newell for their assistance with this arrest and supporting the ranching industry in the southwest.”
For a photo of Galloway, visit http://tscra.org/news_releases_blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Galloway.jpg. To read TSCRA’s previous release about the search for Galloway, visit http://tscra.org/news_releases_blog/?p=1427.
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.