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TSCRA Crime Watch: Roping saddle stolen in North Texas

TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman, District 18 in North Texas, reports a saddle stolen from a property near Bluff Dale in Erath County sometime after May 31. Stolen was a Coats roping saddle with a 14 ½-inch slick seat, roughout with no tooling or silver, serial no. 051818. Anyone with information on this theft is urged to contact Special Ranger Goodman at 817-309-5048. The Operation Cow Thief tipline at 888-839-2333 is always open and a cash reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and/or grand jury indictment for theft of livestock or related property. Anonymity is guaranteed.

General Discussion, Crime Watch, General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... Jun 19, 2018

Indictment and arrest in estray cattle case

TSCRA Special Rangers have confirmed the April indictment and arrest of a Turkey, Texas, man for theft of livestock. The indictment and arrest are the result of an investigation led by TSCRA Special Ranger Dean Bohannon. Eddie Noel Potts, 63, stands accused of trying to sell estray cattle that he believed may have belonged to a neighbor. Read more…

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North Texas woman surrenders on fraud charges

A Johnson County woman has surrendered to authorities following her recent indictment on fraud charges. The charges are the result of an investigation led by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Marvin Wills. Madi N. Hardin, 33, of Joshua, secured a loan for the purchase of a 2009 John Deere 7830 tractor. It is alleged that she sold the tractor in January 2016 but failed to pay the lien holder the outstanding balance. Read more…

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Two indicted for pharmaceutical theft

TSCRA Special Rangers have announced the indictment of John Russell Baird, 44, of Amarillo, and Israel Tapia, 41, of Muleshoe, on felony theft charges. The indictments and arrest are the result of an investigation led by TSCRA Special Ranger Dean Bohannon into the theft of bottles of animal medicine from a feedyard. Read more…

General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... Jun 12, 2018

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle stolen in southeast Texas

TSCRA Special Ranger Brent Mast, District 22 in southeast Texas, reports the theft of 7 head of cattle from a property outside of Bryan in Brazos County. Sometime between June 6 and 8, a thief or thieves cut a lock or chain to steal 1 reddish-yellow white face heifer, 2 black white-faced heifers and 4 black […]

General Discussion, Crime Watch, General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... Jun 11, 2018

TSCRA Crime Watch: Reward offered for info on NE OK cattle theft

Information is being sought after 24 head of cattle were stolen from the Stilwell Livestock Auction this week. Operation Cow Thief is offering cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the recovery of the animals and/or arrest of the person or persons responsible for the crime. It’s believed the perpetrators entered the Stilwell Livestock Auction barn in the overnight hours between June 5 and June 6 by cutting a padlock. They then loaded the animals onto a trailer for transport. Read more…

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Cattle hauler arrested, indicted for stealing cargo

Walter Max Madsen, 43, of Amarillo, has been arrested and indicted on charges of Theft of Livestock, a third-degree felony. His indictment and arrest are the result of an investigation by TSCRA Special Ranger Harold Dempsey. In February, Dempsey was contacted by an employee of a cattle company based in Chandler, Arizona. The employee stated that in December 2017, the company had purchased 39 head of cattle at a nearby livestock auction and arranged to have the cattle transported to a processor in San Angelo. It is alleged that the truck driver, Madsen, had instead taken the cattle to a Hereford meat packer where he sold them under his own name. The cattle were worth more than $23,000. Read more…

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Million-dollar cattle theft ring busted in Louisiana

Three people are accused of stealing livestock valued at more than $1 million dollars from four Louisiana livestock markets. Ricky Thompson, 68, and Wanda Thompson, 69, both of Pitkin, La., and their son, Justin Thompson, 39, of Hinston, La., are charged with multiple counts of theft of property having a value of $25,000 or more. Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Brand Commission investigators say the thefts occurred between August and October 2017. Louisiana has 8 public livestock markets where producers can sell their livestock, and investigators say 4 of the 8 livestock markets were targeted by the Thompsons. Read more…

General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... Jun 06, 2018

TSCRA Crime Watch: Flatbed trailer stolen in Central Texas

TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman, District 10 in Central Texas, reports a flatbed trailer stolen from a property in Rising Star in Eastland County sometime after May 23. The trailer is a black 2017 Kearney 32-by-6-foot dovetail flatbed tandem axle trailer, LP FST-K83, VIN 5LCFT3221H1043928. There is yellow lettering on the tongue. Anyone with information is urged to contact Special Ranger Goodman at 817-309-5048.

General Discussion, Crime Watch, General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... Jun 05, 2018

TSCRA names Williamson head of law enforcement

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) has named Scott Williamson executive director of law enforcement and theft prevention. He takes the position after the retirement of  Larry Gray on May 31. Williamson started as a market inspector in 1987 and was later commissioned as a special ranger and has served in that capacity for more than 23 years. Prior to his promotion, Williamson was a regional supervisor overseeing 77 counties in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles and Texas plains. He is dual commissioned through the Texas Department of Public Safety and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... May 31, 2018