TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, from District 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports a tractor with implements and a trailer stolen from a property near Claremore in Rogers County. Sometime after Jan. 2 a thief or thieves took the 1985 Massey Ferguson model 250 open station tractor. The tractor is red with gray stripes and a white canopy, and had a yellow box blade attached. Also missing is a red Ingersol two-stage piston driven standup 80-gallon compressor and black Craftsman garden trailer with a four-foot bed. Anyone with information regarding this theft is urged to contact Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.
The TFB Radio Network’s Prime Cuts news segment visits with TSCRA Special Ranger Scott Williamson about how ranchers can better protect their livestock from thieves. Branding and ear tags are essential in this management process.
TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Belt, Dist. 23 in Southeast Texas, reports 6 cows missing from a pasture near Devers in Liberty County. Missing sometime after Nov. 15, the cows are black Brangus and tiger stripe mixes with a white ear tag in the left ear stamped with “Etheridge Cattle Company.” Anyone with information is urged to contact Special Ranger Belt at 936-336-4500.
TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, District 21 in East Texas, reports three cases of cattle missing from properties in Brazos and Limestone Counties. The oldest case involves baby calves missing since Nov. 1, 2017, from the Wellborn area in Brazos County. Five cows and a Charolais bull branded with either a D on the left hip or a D Bar on the left side have been missing from a property in Limestone County since Dec. 13, 2017; and 3 black Angus yearling bulls with no tags or brands are missing from a property in Brazos County since Jan. 8. Anyone with information on these cases is urged to call Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832.
TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents are seeking information concerning a bull that was shot in a pasture north of Okemah in Okfuskee County. The shooting was believed to have taken place on or about June 16, 2017. The owner of the black Angus bull originally thought the bull had been injured accidentally, but after the bull’s processing, bullet wounds were discovered.
A California man has been arrested after allegedly defrauding more than a million dollars from prospective cattle buyers in a scheme that spanned four states. Justin Tyler Greer, 36, was arrested Dec. 28 in Tarzan, Texas, after being suspected of investment fraud, embezzlement and cattle theft. There are seven victims who are out $1.5 million in losses. The investigation began in June 2017 when the victims claimed to be coming up hundreds of head short. Cattle owned by investors were illegally sold and moved to Colorado and Wyoming. Tulare County Sherriff’s Agricultural Crimes Unit tracked down Greer with the aid of Texas Rangers and U.S. Marshals. Local authorities in Texas also helped with the arrest, along with assistance from Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Rangers. Read more…
This week investigators with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, will file formal charges against two men suspected in the theft of multiple saddles. Jacob Aaron McDougal, 26 of Henderson, and Addison Hayden Reynolds, 22 of Gladewater, are suspects in the theft of items from a ranch in East Texas. Reynolds was arrested by Gregg County Deputies on Dec. 18 for burglary of a building and violation of probation out of Midland. He was booked into the Gregg County Jail and later transferred to the Midland County Jail on a combined $175,000 bond for both charges. McDougal was arrested by Smith County Deputies on Dec. 20, also for burglary of a building and violation of parole. Although bond was set at $100,000 for the burglary, he was not granted bond on the parole violation and remains in custody at the Smith County Jail. Both men confessed to investigators and face state jail felony charges.
TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman, Dist. 10 in North Texas, reports the theft of a horse trailer from a property near Weatherford in Parker County. Sometime after Dec. 23 a thief or thieves broke a lock on a gate and punched a door lock and ignition on a vehicle to gain access to the 2000 Exiss 4-horse slant trailer with dressing room and loading ramp, Texas plate no. DVB-Y10, VIN 4LAAH2229Y2008438. Anyone with information on this theft is urged to contact Special Ranger Goodman at 817-309-5048 or the Operation Cow Thief tips hotline at 888-830-2333. Anonymity is guaranteed and a cash award is offered for information leading to an arrest and/or grand jury indictment.
TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in Eastern Oklahoma, reports the theft of a Chevy pickup from a barn in McIntosh County near Checotah on Dec. 14. The gray 2006 Chevrolet SK3 extended cab truck bears Oklahoma license plate DUF-223 and VIN no. 1GBJK39U06E251512. The truck also has a Cannonball Engineering hay bed. Anyone with information regarding this theft is urged to call Special Ranger Perrier at 918-847-3231.
TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist 4 in northwest Oklahoma, reports the recent theft of a John Deere tractor in Okmulgee County and 10 head of Limousin cattle and calves from a pasture in Osage County.