FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 21, 2016
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Second Suspect Being Sought
Bristow, Okla. – Frankie Lane Hunt, 20, Depew, Okla., surrendered himself to authorities on Wed. and was booked into the Creek County Jail in Sapulpa, Okla. after stealing 24 head of cattle from three different Okla. ranches. Another suspect involved in this case, Charles Edward Roby III, 20, Bristow, Okla., has a warrant for his arrest but has not been apprehended. Both suspects have been charged with four counts of larceny of domestic animals in the Creek County District Court.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers Bart Perrier and Brett Wellden are jointly conducting this ongoing investigation.
According to Perrier, during the fall of 2015, their investigation revealed that both Hunt and Roby began stealing cattle from three different victims and selling them at livestock markets located in Bristow, Okmulgee and at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The suspects stole a total of 24 head of cattle from the victims who all reside near the Depew-Milfay area of Creek County, Okla. On May 24, Hunt and Roby stole cattle for a second time from one of the previous victims. These cattle were transported and sold at the Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City, Okla. by the suspects.
The suspects were each charged with four counts of larceny of livestock in the Creek County District Court and felony warrants were issued. Hunt has been released on a $100,000 bond and his arraignment on the charges has been set for July 29, 2016. An arrest warrant for Roby from Creek County is outstanding. The bond on his warrant has been set at $100,000.00, and his arrest is pending at this time.
“The cattle stolen in the second theft from the same victim had recently been branded, which aided in the quick identification of these stolen cattle,” Perrier stateD, “This highlights the value and importance of branding cattle and how it can aid law enforcement in the quick identification of stolen cattle in these cases.”
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 139-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 17,000 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.