FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 29, 201
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger John Bradshaw led the investigation.
According to Bradshaw, a Nebraska based cattle marketing agency had received an order from the victim to buy some steers. The agency contacted the suspect, Tony Eugene Lyon, 51, of Perrin, Texas to supply the steers.
After the victim wrote a $798,000 check to the marketing agency, Lyon received a check from the agency for $791,000. The victim then went to Lyon’s property in Perrin, Texas to look at the steers. It was decided that the cattle would be turned out on a wheat pasture and Lyon would take care of them until they could be shipped. When the victim returned at a later date to check on the steers, Lyon told him he didn’t have them anymore and that he had to get rid of them to take care of some prior obligations.
Lyon was arrested and arraigned on Friday and charged with theft of livestock of over $200,000, a first degree felony. He is being held at the Jack County jail on a $1 million bond.
This is an ongoing investigation and more charges are expected to be filed on Lyon. Additional suspects are expected to be identified, and more arrests are expected to be made in this case.
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 138-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 16,500 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.