TSCRA Special Ranger Tommy Charbula, District 24 in southeast Texas, reports the theft of a John Deere skidsteer from a property near Rosharon in Brazoria County. Sometime after Aug. 26 a thief or thieves cut a chain on a locked gate to steal the yellow 2008 John Deere 332 skidsteer with serial number T 0332TEI 56580. The skidsteer has a hay fork lift attached to the front. Anyone with information is urged to contact Special Ranger Charbula at 361-782-5209 or Operation Cow Thief tipline at 888-830-2333.
Johnny Ray Simmons, 52, of Stilwell, has surrendered to Harper County authorities on six counts of embezzlement. TSCRA Special Ranger Brett Wellden initiated the investigation in 2017 after being contacted by the victim, who stated that he and Simmons had partnered on a herd of cattle pastured on tribal lease lands in Northeastern Oklahoma. When the lease expired, the victim moved the cattle from the property and alleged that 103 were missing. Through the course of the investigation, it was also discovered that Simmons failed, for several years, to pay the victim for calf crops as required by their agreement. Read more…
TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman, District 10 in North Texas, reports saddles, tack and other items stolen from a property in Parker County sometime after Sept. 14. Among the items stolen were two custom cutting saddles: the first with 3/4 floral tooling, roughout seat and fenders with a chocolate brown border, horn and swells; The second with 3/4 geometric tooling, roughout seat and fenders, and a chocolate colored border, swells and horn. Also taken were 5 tooled headstalls with silver buckles; a silver mounted Randy Paul bit with RP on the mouthpiece; double-stitched latigo reins; many pairs of custom-tooled spur straps, some with silver buckles; many pairs of custom chaps and a box of chap leather whole hides; and an array of bag punches. Stolen electronics included 2 Nest indoor security cameras and a Nikon D7000 DX digital SLR kit, as well as a Netgear router and miscellaneous camera and computer equipment. Anyone with information regarding this theft is urged to contact Special Ranger Goodman at 817-309-5048, or the Operation Cow Thief tip hotline at 888-830-2333.
TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, District 21 in southeast Texas, reports 2 calves missing from a property in Robertson County. The white heifer calf and black bull calf both weigh about 500 pounds, each, and were last seen on Aug. 26. The bull calf had a yellow ear tag. Anyone with information is urged to contact Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832.
A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the indictment or arrest of the parties responsible for criminal mischief with damages of approximately $30,000 at a property in Bluff Dale. Sometime between Aug. 25 and 26 a bulldozer was used to damage approximately 200 feet of fence, destroy a 1500-gallon water trough and knock over and damage a windmill, before dislodging the driveshaft out of the bulldozer. Any information should be reported to TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman at 817-309-5048 or the Operation Cow Thief tipline at 888-830-2333. Anonymity is guaranteed.
TSCRA Special Ranger Brett Wellden, District 3 in Central Oklahoma, reports a buckskin filly missing in Washita County. The 6-month-old horse was last seen on Aug. 15 at a property near New Cordell. Anyone with information is urged to contact Special Ranger Wellden at 405-586-9145.
TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, District 21 in South Texas, reports a steer missing from a property in Milam County sometime after Aug. 27. The missing steer is black with a bald face, has a yellow ear and is branded with “DH” on the left hip. Anyone with information on this steer is urged to contact Special Ranger Dumas at 979-255-0638.
William Eugene Smith, 53 of Woodward, will spend five years in prison after he pleaded no contest to four felony charges. The charges and subsequent jail time are the results of an investigation led by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Ben Eggleston. The case began in June 2017 when numerous items were burglarized from the residence and ranch of the late Donnie Johnson in Ellis County. Information from an informant led to the recovery of stolen items and identification of Smith as a prime suspect. Read more…
TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, District 4 in northesastern Oklahoma, reports the theft of a horse trailer near Glenpool in Tulsa County. On Aug. 6 a thief or thieves cut a lock and chain at the property to steal a two-horse bumper pull slant Sundowner Sportsman horse trailer, SN: 135KC1322G1KB1440. Anyone with information on this theft is urged to contact Special Ranger Perrier at 918-847-3231 or the Operation Cow Thief tips 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.
TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman, District 10 in North Texas, reports a paint gelding missing from a property in Fort Worth. The 10-year-old white and brown gelding was last seen on Aug. 15, is 15 hands tall, weighs 1100 pounds and has blue eyes. Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact Special Ranger Goodman at 817-309-5048.