A Canyon Lake man was taken into custody this week on one count of obtaining merchandise by false pretenses, using a bogus check or con game after an investigation by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Service.
TSCRA Special Ranger Mike Barr conducted the investigation in coordination with Special Agent Michael Hooper of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Service.
On Sept. 9, 2016, Texas authorities received information on a case in which an Oklahoma man sold cattle to an individual who paid with a bad check. The suspect was identified as Nicholas Tooker of Canyon Lake, Texas. Barr began the process of tracking down Tooker’s whereabouts and received a warrant for his arrest on Feb. 23 from Oklahoma authorities. Upon locating the suspect, TSCRA Special Rangers coordinated with Comal County Sheriff’s Deputies, who conducted a felony traffic stop during which Tooker was arrested. He was subsequently booked into the Comal County Jail on one count of False Pretenses/Bogus Check/Con Game. Tooker remains in custody awaiting extradition to Oklahoma.
“I would like to thank fellow Special Ranger Kenny Murchison, Special Agent Hooper and the Comal County Sheriff’s Office for their work on this case,” said Barr. “This case is an excellent example of what can be accomplished through the collaboration of multiple state and local agencies.
During the course of the investigation additional information was revealed that may lead to other charges.