TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5, reports the theft of a JD tractor and feed box from a property in Bryan County. Sometime after Oct. 12 a thief or thieves cut fences and entered an unlocked barn to steal a green and yellow 2012 John Deere 5075E open station tractor, serial no 1PY5075ELCB007072, with attached John Deere 533 loader/bucket, serial no. 1P00553XCCX02959; and a white Bar-6 brand 1600-pound capacity PTO-driven feed box with a Central City Scales head unit and a custom 3-point carrier. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.
Walter F. “Andy” Andrews, 44, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty Nov. 13 to charges of embezzlement after selling 18 head of cattle that were placed in his care by a local rancher. According to TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, the suspect cared for the victim’s cattle from February 2015 to May 2015, grazing the cattle on land he leased in Cherokee County. After the owner and bank representatives’ attempts to view and count the cattle were consistently delayed or impeded, the owner eventually contacted TSCRA Special Rangers for assistance. An investigation revealed Andrews had sold the cattle and kept the proceeds.
TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley, Dist. 12 in northeast Texas reports the Oct. 17 theft of a saddle from a store in Reno. The saddle has a 14-inch seat and is a Shiloh Saddlery Kim Thomas barrel racer made by Cecil Phillips. If you have any information on this case please contact Special Ranger Toney Hurley, 903-945-3236.
TSCRA Special Ranger Brett Wellden, Dist. 3 in Central Oklahoma, reports 15 head of calves missing from a property southeast of Rush Springs in Grady County. Last seen on Oct. 27, the 15 head of black unbranded calves have green ear tags in the left ear and weigh 500 to 550 pounds, each. If you have any information regarding this case please contact Special Ranger Wellden at 405-586-9145.
TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northeastern Oklahoma, reports 61 heifers missing from a pasture east of Lenapah in Nowata County since Oct. 12. The bred heifers weigh approximately 1000 pounds, each, are black or black with white faces, have a 6 brand on left shoulder and yellow 4-digit ear tag in their left ear. Most are English bred but some will have Brahman influence. Anyone with information is urged to call Special Ranger Perrier at 918- 847-3231., 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.
Landon Dee Harness, 22, and Lane Wesley Keller, 21, both of Sulphur Springs, were arrested last week on charges of Theft of Livestock in a case involving 12 head of cattle stolen from a Hopkins County pasture. TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley and Hopkins County Sheriff Investigations Division sifted through hours of surveillance video taken from a game camera to identify the suspects.
TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in Central Texas, reports the theft of a flatbed gooseneck trailer from a property near Axtel in McClennan County some time between Oct. 14 and 16. Missing is a black 24-foot Landmax gooseneck flatbed trailer with dual axles but single wheels, license plate DWC – Z21, VIN 5L8GF242841001442. The trailer jacks have been modified and there is a TSCRA sticker on the gooseneck. If you have any information regarding this theft please call Special Ranger Wills at 254-865-2571.
Billy Tate Shoaf, 35, and Ashely Nicole Mitchell, 24, both of Gatesville, were arrested last month as suspects in connection to a string of burglaries and thefts in Bell, Bosque and Coryell Counties. TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills led the investigation that included the Bosque and Coryell county sheriff’s departments. Shoaf faces nine counts of burglary and theft with additional charges expected. Mitchell faces drug charges and multiple counts of burglary. A search turned up numerous items that are suspected stolen, including ATVs. Local law enforcement would like to hear from anyone that experienced unresolved thefts in that area in the last few months, especially from rural properties and hunting camps.
TSCRA Crime Watch: Tractor, rotary cutter and gooseneck trailer stolen in S OK; Beltie-Angus cross heifer missing in E OK
TSCRA Special Rangers are working two cases in Oklahoma this week, including the reported theft of a Massey Ferguson tractor with frontend loader and red rotary cutter, as well as a 25-foot black Big Tex gooseneck trailer from a property in Love County in South Oklahoma. A 500-pound Belted Galloway-Angus cross heifer with a “JO” brand is also missing from a Crawford County, Arkansas pasture near the Oklahoma border.
Jaimie “Jim Bob” Jernigan, 46, has pleaded guilty to charges of theft of livestock and obstruction, both third-degree felonies, in a case involving the 2015 sale of a bull. TSCRA Special Ranger Ben Eggleston investigated the case, with help from Wheeler, Lipscomb and Hemphill County Sheriff’s Offices, as well as Colorado Brand Inspection Director Cris Whitney and Inspectors Dan Buhr and Deb Vernon. Jernigan had a verbal agreement with the bull’s original owner for Jernigan to sell the bull and return the proceeds. Jernigan sold the bull in Colorado but never surrendered the earnings. As a condition of his plea bargain, Jernigan received deferred sentences of 10 years on the theft of livestock charge and four years on the obstruction charge. He was also ordered to pay restitution, fines and court costs totaling more than $5,200.