William R. “Bud” Hardin, 34, surrendered to authorities last week in Bosque County on a first-degree felony warrant for Misapplication of Fiduciary Property. The charges and subsequent arrest are the result of an investigation conducted by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Marvin Wills. Hardin was hired as a manager in 2014 by a Bosque County ranch owner and is accused of misappropriating ranch assets and equipment throughout the course of his employment. Because the value of misappropriated assets exceeds $300,000, the charge is elevated to a first-degree felony.
TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman, Dist. 10, reports the theft of items from a property near Gorman in Eastland County sometime after Sept. 1. Taken were a green 2009 Polaris Ranger with a black colored bed, VIN number 4XAHH68A194732565. Ryon roping saddle with a tan 15 1/2-inch padded seat, full floral tooling and silver conchos; A Ryon barrel racing saddle with a tan 14-inch padded seat, full floral tooling, silver conchos and a silver horn cap; Bounty Hunter metal detector; an industrial magnet. Anyone with information is urged to contact Goodman at 817-309-5048.
TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in East Texas, reports the theft of ranch trailers from property in northern Smith County. The trailers, which were discovered stolen on Aug. 29, are a 24-foot red “Gooseneck” brand cattle trailer with a white canvas top, 2 cut gates and butterfly rear gates, license no. DPG-T03; and a 32-foot beige dual tandem CarTex gooseneck equipment trailer with dovetail and new tires, license no. DYN-X04. If you have any information regarding this theft please call Special Ranger Hand at 903-592-5252.
TSCRA Special Rangers report 4 head of black and black with white face cows with brands, two with 2-week-old unbranded calves, missing from a property near Chelsea in Rogers County, Oklahoma; and a Case IH 1130 tractor with turf tires and a tin canopy missing from a property near D’Hanis in Medina County, South Texas. Read more…
TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in East Texas, reports a black Angus bull missing from a property near Appleby in Nacogdoches County. The bull is 3-to-4 years old, weighs approximately 1200 pounds, and has a freeze brand of a vertical block “I” with a cap top and bottom, as well as the letters/numbers “J4144” on the left hip. The bull was last seen in mid-July. If you have any information regarding this case please contact Special Ranger Hand at 903-592-5252.
TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in Central Texas, reports a John Deere Gator ATV and spray tank stolen from a property near Gatesville in Coryell County on Sunday, Aug. 13. Stolen was a green and yellow 2013 John Deere Gator UXV 550, serial no. 1M0550TBPDM021594, with a 30-gallon spray tank in the bed. If you have any information regarding this theft please contact Special Ranger Wills at 254-865-2571.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers have noticed a troubling increase in a scam that targets ranchers and agriculture producers. Over recent weeks Special Rangers across the state have received reports from ranchers who have been targeted by the scams. The details vary, but most incidents follow a similar theme: A buyer, often from out of state, will call to inquire about cattle, hay or equipment that is for sale.
When conducting the sale of any item, including hay, cattle and farm equipment, care should be taken when accepting checks for payment, including cashier’s checks. A popular scheme among thieves is to offer a check for over the item’s agreed price and ask the seller to cash the check to pay a driver. Or a check is drawn from an unfamiliar bank or there are other excuses and stipulations to the sale that don’t sound right. You can always ask your local bank if a check is valid or call your TSCRA Special Ranger.
Raising and showing cattle at livestock shows is a popular pursuit for many young Texans. It not only teaches important values and skills, but also offers the opportunity for generous cash prizes that go toward scholarships for the young showmen and women. The grand champion steer at this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo sold for more than $300,000, so it is no surprise that owners pay close attention when buying and transporting their prized livestock. One East Texas family was doing just that when they contacted Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Larry Hand last week. They had purchased a registered Maine-Anjou show heifer that their daughter would raise. They paid to have it shipped from Wisconsin to their Garrison, Texas home, but became concerned when the man transporting the animal didn’t arrive as scheduled and failed to return their phone calls.
Four members of a Texas theft ring were recently sentenced to a combined 61 years of jail time for their crimes. The sentences were handed down by presiding Judge Shane Hadaway in the 39th District Court in Haskell County. The convictions are the result of an investigation conducted by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers (TSCRA) Special Ranger Scott Williamson.