Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers have noticed a troubling increase in a scam that targets ranchers and agriculture producers. Over recent weeks Special Rangers across the state have received reports from ranchers who have been targeted by the scams. The details vary, but most incidents follow a similar theme: A buyer, often from out of state, will call to inquire about cattle, hay or equipment that is for sale.
When conducting the sale of any item, including hay, cattle and farm equipment, care should be taken when accepting checks for payment, including cashier’s checks. A popular scheme among thieves is to offer a check for over the item’s agreed price and ask the seller to cash the check to pay a driver. Or a check is drawn from an unfamiliar bank or there are other excuses and stipulations to the sale that don’t sound right. You can always ask your local bank if a check is valid or call your TSCRA Special Ranger.
TSCRA Special Rangers are warning folks about a recent case of fraud concerning the purchase of cattle online and reminding sellers to take precautions when accepting cashier’s checks
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Michael Barr and local law enforcement authorities are seeking information following a cattle theft in New Braunfels. On May 16, 2017, an unknown suspect or suspects unlawfully entered a property at the corner of Rueckle Road and Morningside Drive. An unlocked gate allowed the perpetrator or perpetrators access to steal six head of cattle, estimated to be worth nearly $10,000.
TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northeast Oklahoma, reports 5 heifers missing and possibly strayed from a property near Hominy in Osage County. The missing heifers are black and black white-faced Angus-cross heifers weighing 800 to 825 pounds, each. All are branded on the right hip with a backwards F connected to a D (FD) brand and have green number ear tags in the left year. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Special Ranger Perrier at 918-847-3231.
TSCRA Special Ranger Kenny Murchison, Dist. 20 in south-central Texas, reports the theft of 13 head of calves and a cattle trailer from a Williamson County property near Georgetown. Sometime between July 11 and 12 an unknown person or persons cut locks on adjoining property’s gate to steal 13 calves weighing around 300 pounds, each. The calves are 11 black with white faces, 1 red and 1 white, with no brands, ear notches or tags. The stolen trailer is a black with white tarp 24-foot gooseneck. It has butterfly gates on the rear and one of the rear top bars is bent. Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Special Ranger Murchison at 512-705-3226 or the Operation Cow Thief hotline 888-830-2333. TSCRA offers a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and/or grand jury indictment of individuals for theft of livestock or related property. Anonymity is guaranteed.
TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports 28 cows of various colors taken from a pasture in Craig County sometime after July 6. The mature cows are between 10 and 12 years old, mixed black and red colors, all with an S over J connected brand on the left hip. Some calves may also be missing but they will not be branded or marked. Anyone with information is urged to call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888, or the Operation Cow Thief tip hotline at 888-830-2333. TSCRA offers a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and/or grand jury indictment of individuals for theft of livestock or related property. Anonymity is guaranteed.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger H.L. Dempsey and local authorities are seeking information after a Angus steer was found shot to death on a ranch south of Canyon in the Texas Panhandle. A cash reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information leading to the indictment or arrest of the person or persons responsible for the crime. Operation Cow Thief, an anti-theft initiative led by TSCRA, is offering a $500 reward, with the two victims offering a combined $2,500 additional reward.
TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman, Dist. 10 in North Texas, reports 7 head of roping calves stolen from a property near Stephenville in Erath County on June 13, and Special Ranger Kenny Murchison, Dist. 20 in south Central Texas, reports 5 trophy roping saddles stolen from a tack room near Lexington in Lee County sometime between Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24.
TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman, Dist. 10 in North Texas, reports the theft of a horse trailer near Stephenville in Erath County. The trailer was last seen on May 20 and is a white with black pinstripe 2011 Calico two-horse side-by-side horse trailer with a dressing room, Texas plate no. 837-584H, VIN 4GAHB1325B000919. Anyone with […]