A $500 reward has been offered through the TSCRA Operation Cow Thief hotline for information leading to the arrest of an East Texas man who is accused of stealing four head of cows from his employer, an elderly Carthage rancher.
This investigation is being led by TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, with assistance from TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley, Panola County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Ivy and Investigator James Ferris. Authorities have been searching for the suspect for three years and are again seeking help from the public in locating him.
According to Hand, the victim was away from his property in Carthage for five days, and after returning, he realized cattle were missing from his herd. Hand helped the victim file a report with the Panola County Sheriff’s Department and TSCRA.
Hand searched sale barn records for a wide area and found the suspect, Marvell Galloway, 60, of Carthage, had sold four head of cows at the Emory Livestock Auction on Feb. 19, 2013. Later, Hand checked bank records and found photos of Galloway cashing a check for the four head of cattle at a bank in Emory.
Galloway is a black male, 6-foot-1 inches tall and weighs 210 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes and usually wears a faded black felt western hat.
Galloway was indicted by a Panola County Grand Jury and a 3rd degree felony theft of livestock warrant was issued on April 12, 2013. He has a criminal history in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. His bond has been preset at $30,000. Galloway’s crime may be enhanced to a 2nd degree felony for exploitation of an elderly person.
Galloway left the Carthage area prior to a warrant being issued and remains at large. Authorities are still searching for Galloway and asking for the public’s help in located the suspect. Galloway has been known to be in the Carthage, Talco, Mt. Pleasant, Clarksville and Dallas areas, as well as Southeastern Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Anyone with further information should contact TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333 or call TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand at 903-592-5252. A cash reward of up to $500 may be paid to individuals who provide useful information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Individuals reporting information may choose to remain anonymous.