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…
TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson and local authorities are seeking information regarding the theft of farm and ranch equipment from a property near Eustace. Investigators believe this theft may be related to others in the Henderson County area. Operation Cow Thief, an anti-theft initiative led by TSCRA, is offering a cash reward for information leading […]
TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, District 15, Central Texas, reports an unmarked and unbranded black cow has gone missing from a set of shipping and receiving pens in Western Falls County. The cow had a back tag with the number 580. If you have information regarding this missing cow, please call Wills at 254-865-2571.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, District 14, East Texas, reports a blue heavy duty Priefert squeeze chute has gone missing from a property near the Butler community in Freestone County. The thief or thieves cut the lock on the gate to gain entry. If you have information regarding this […]
TSCRA Special Ranger Sonny Seewald, Dist. 26 in Central Texas Hill Country reports the theft of 3 cows and a calf from a property in southwest Bexar County. Sometime between Feb. 12 and 13 a thief or thieves cut a chain on a gate and used existing pens to load 3 branded cows and an unbranded calf. Stolen was a white muley, or hornless, cow; a red and white face cow; a white cow with horns; and a brown calf. The cows have a connected VR brand on the left hip, but the brown calf was unbranded. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Special Ranger Seewald at 830-784-3120.
Operation Cow Thief, an anti-theft initiative led by TSCRA, is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for the mid-December theft of farm and ranch equipment and tools from a property in Henderson County. Anonymity is guaranteed to tipsters. Read more…
TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in Central Texas, reports a black cow missing from a property near Bruceville Eddy in western Falls County. Sometime between Feb. 8 and 9 a thief or thieves loaded the unbranded black cow using a set of unlocked shipping and receiving pens by the highway. The thieves pulled her numbered backtag and left it at the scene. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Wills at 254-865-2571.
A Lincoln County man surrendered to authorities this week on one count of obtaining merchandise by bogus check/false pretenses. TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier conducted the investigation with assistance from fellow Special Ranger Brett Wellden. On Nov. 10, the suspect, Ethan Charles Lee, 26, of Chandler, Okla., purchased 35 pairs of cattle for more than $85,000. He provided payment to the victim, a Sallisaw, Okla., rancher, by way of personal check. It was later discovered the check was issued on a closed account. Lee surrendered and was taken into custody Feb. 7, on one count of obtaining merchandise by bogus check/false pretenses. Read more…>
Larry Joe “Skeeter” Longan was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 8 and charged with three counts of larceny of livestock. TSCRA Special Rangers Brett Wellden and Bart Perrier conducted the investigation into a case of 3 stolen heifers, which were branded and numbered. This allowed for easy identification when they were found to have been sold to a neighbor of Longan’s. Read more…
TSCRA Special Ranger Troy McKinney, Dist. 11 in North Texas, reports 3 cows missing from a property near Gainesville in Cooke County. The crossbred cattle were last seen on Jan. 21 and are 2 black motley-faced heavy-bred cows and one black heavy-bred cow. These cows do not have any brands but do have number tattoos in one ear. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger McKinney at 903-429-4011.