For Immediate Release: May 7, 2012
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-469-0171
MUSKOGEE, OKLA. – A Connors State College student was arrested today for allegedly stealing and selling 5 head of cattle from the school’s agriculture program.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers Bart Perrier and John Cummings arrested Artrell Mark Carmouche, 23, of Humble, Texas, after information surfaced that Carmouche, who attended the school on a rodeo scholarship, allegedly took 5 stolen cows to a sale barn in Bristow, Okla., where he sold them for approximately $5,400.
“Connors State College has been great to work with during this investigation and steps have already been taken to prevent these types of crimes in the future,” said Perrier.
Carmouche is currently being held in the Muskogee County jail charged with larceny of domestic animals. Bond is set at $5,000.
TSCRA has 29 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 135 year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has over 15,000 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.