For Immediate Release: June 23, 2014
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906
Fort Worth, Texas – A Louisiana man was arrested Friday near Sallisaw, Okla., on one count of aggregated theft by check. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Toney Hurley led the investigation.
Jacob Thompson, 30, was arrested by TSCRA Special Rangers Hurley and Kent Dowell in Oklahoma then transferred to Sulphur Springs, Texas, by Hurley. He was charged with a first degree felony.
According to Hurley, in October 2013, Thompson attempted to purchase 400 head of cattle from the Sulphur Springs Livestock Auction with bad checks totaling more than $300,000.
He is currently in the Hopkins County jail on bond of $200,000.
Hurley said he expects more charges to be filed.
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 137-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 16,000 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.