FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 21, 2014
Salisaw, Okla. – A Louisiana man was arrested on Monday for the second time this year in Salisaw, Okla. and charged with second degree theft of livestock. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Toney Hurley led the investigation.
Jacob Thompson, 30, was arrested by TSCRA Special Rangers Kent Dowell and Bart Perrier on Hurley’s theft of livestock warrant out of Hopkins County.
According to Hurley, the warrant stemmed from Thompson purchasing nearly 200 head of cattle in September 2013 from the Sulphur Springs Livestock Auction without attempting to make any type of payment for the $159,498 worth of cattle.
Hurley said after Thompson was arrested, he was taken before the district judge in Oklahoma and signed a waiver of extradition. Hurley then met Dowell in Oklahoma, took custody of Thompson and transported the suspect to the Hopkins County Jail.
Thompson was arraigned and given a $250,000 bond.
Thompson was also arrested in June by Hurley and Dowell on one count of aggregated theft by check, after he attempted to purchase 400 head of cattle from the Sulphur Springs Livestock Auction with bad checks totaling more than $300,000.
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.