TSCRA Special Ranger Kenny Wadsworth, Dist. 17 in West Texas, reports the theft of 4 horses, saddles, tack and polo equipment from a property in Midland sometime between March 5 and 8. Stolen was a large dark bay Thoroughbred mare with a small star and a roached mane, age 6; a smaller dark bay gelding with a large star shaped like the continent of Australia and a roached mane, age 8; and two chestnut or light bay mares. The stolen bridles are marked and/or stamped “5 Star.” The stolen saddles are three light suede, a dark suede; a smooth Texas polo saddle; and a large smooth saddle. The polo mallets are marked JW, NW and MW. There were at least 30 mallets. A reward is offered for information leading to recovery of the stolen items. Anyone with information is urged to contact Special Ranger Wadsworth at 325-392-2552.
TSCRA Special Ranger Brent Mast, District 22 in southeast Texas, reports the theft of a large custom gate sign stolen from a property near Madisonville in Madison County. Sometime between March 20 and 21 a thief or thieves removed bolts to take the 2-by-4-foot TSCRA blue gate sign. If you have any information regarding this theft, please contact Special Ranger Mast at 936-851-0122.
TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in eastern Oklahoma, reports the theft of a horse from a pasture in McCurtain County sometime between March 5 and 7. The 1999 sorrel Quarter Horse mare has a star, strip and snip, as well as a J bar connected brand on the left thigh. The mare is bred and due to foal soon. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.
TSCRA Special Ranger Brent Mast, Dist. 22 in East Texas, reports the theft of 12 head of cattle from a pasture in Madison County sometime between March 3 and 5. Missing are: 1 tiger striped cow branded with a bar W (-W) on the left hip; 3 black cows; 1 Charolais cow; 1 light brown cow; 1 red cow a white face; 1 black 2-year-old bull; 1 Hereford-type baby calf; 2 black calves; and 1 smoke gray calf. All the calves are less than 35 days old and unbranded. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Mast at 936-851-0122.
TSCRA Special Ranger Ben Eggleston and local authorities are seeking information regarding the theft of 62 head of cattle from a feed yard west of Stratford in far north Texas Panhandle. Sometime between the months of October and December 2016 an unidentified suspect or suspects made entry into the Cold Water Cattle Feeders facilities outside of Stratford and removed 62 head of cattle. The stolen cattle are steers and heifers weighing from 325 pounds to 775 pounds. Read more…
A Shawnee, Okla., man was arraigned Feb. 27 on charges of Uttering a Forged Instrument thanks to an investigation by Special Rangers Bart Perrier and Brett Wellden. Johnathon Charles William McCune, 28, was charged in the District Court of Payne County, and surrendered to authorities on Feb. 25, 2017. Special Rangers are continuing the investigation into this and similar cases of items bought with counterfeit checks and to recover the fraudulently purchased items. Read more…..
TSCRA Special Rangers report another burglary in East Texas, this time in Anderson County involving a trailer, Yamaha 4-wheeler and various tools and equipment; 10 cows with a K7 brand and 5 unmarked calves stolen from a Jackson County pasture in southeast Texas; and 13 heard of cows and calves missing from a Jim Wells County property in East Texas. Read more…
TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in East Texas, and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office seek information regarding the burglary of items from vehicles during a cattle sale at the 7P Ranch on Feb. 18. The 7P Ranch main barn and sale ring is off FM 757 south of I-20 between Tyler and Longview. An unknown suspect broke out the windows of trucks to steal personal items such as purses and other contents while the victims were at the sale. Anyone with information or saw something suspicious that day is urged to contact Special Ranger hand at 903-592-5252 or the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at 903-566-6600.
TSCRA Special Ranger Brent Mast, Dist. 22 in East Texas, reports the theft of 4 Hereford cows from a property in Houston County. Sometime between Feb. 19 and 20, a thief or thieves used an unlocked gate to steal the 4 polled (hornless) cows weighing between 700 and 900 pounds, each. These cows are unbranded and unmarked. Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Special Ranger Mast at 936-851-0122.
TSCRA Special Rangers have been notified of a recent case involving a forged cashier’s check offered for payment in a cattle sale made over the internet and by phone. The buyer sent a contract hauler to pick up the cattle, but the seller made sure to check with their bank to make sure the cashier’s check that was offered was legitimate. As it turned out, the check was a fake. But because the seller took the extra step of verifying this with his bank, he didn’t lose his cattle. Many people assume a cashier’s check, which is a check issued by a bank and payable to a specific person, is as good as cash. By using a cashier’s check, a buyer is guaranteed those funds by the issuing bank. However, technology has advanced to the point that thieves can create fake checks that would fool most people. Click here to read a few tips from the U.S. Department of the Treasury on avoiding cashier’s check fraud…