For Immediate Release: Dec. 7, 2011
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-469-0171
PAWHUSKA, OKLA. – A Sperry, Okla., man turned himself in to authorities Tuesday on larceny of livestock charges. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigation.
Terry Lee Jett Jr., 40, was charged with allegedly stealing 16 head of cattle from an Osage County rancher who hired Jett to catch and pen his cattle.
According to reports, after catching the cattle, Jett transported them to 2 local livestock sales where he sold the cattle under his name.
Perrier, who covers Northern Oklahoma for the association, says livestock thefts have been up in recent years.
“The most important thing a rancher can do to protect their livestock from being stolen is to brand their cattle and register that brand,” says Perrier. “Ranchers should also regularly count their cattle, lock their gates, and be overall mindful of who comes on and off their property.”
On Nov. 30, Jett turned himself in to authorities in Tulsa County on 9 counts of knowingly concealing stolen property. Jett currently has charges pending in Rogers County for the same offense.
Jett was release today on a $5,000 bond. Jett is set for status conference on Jan. 5.
For a picture of Perrier, please contact Carmen Fenton at [email protected]
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.
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 134-year-old trade organization. As the largest and oldest livestock association in Texas, TSCRA represents more than 15,000 beef cattle producers, ranching families and businesses who manage approximately 4 million head of cattle on 75.9 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma. TSCRA provides law enforcement and livestock inspection services, legislative and regulatory advocacy, industry news and information, insurance services and educational opportunities for its members and the industry.