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.
Wayne Clemons, 27, of Seguin, was arrested Monday on a third-degree felony warrant for Theft of Livestock. The charges and arrest are the result of an investigation by TSCRA Special Ranger Michael Barr. Operation Cow Thief, an anti-theft initiative led by TSCRA, and the Comal County Crime Stoppers appealed to the public for assistance, and offered a reward of up to $2,000 for information. TSCRA also posted security footage from a local business to their Facebook page, which generated several tips and ultimately helped Barr identify the suspect vehicle as belonging to Clemons.
Pamela June Gulker, 50, of Burkburnett, pleaded guilty last week to charges of Hindering a Secured Creditor, a second-degree felony. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by TSCRA Special Ranger Scott Williamson.
Douglas F. Schaefer, 68, and Peggy A. Schaefer, 61, of Stanton, have surrendered to authorities on third-degree felony warrants out of Bell County for Theft of Livestock. The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, who discovered evidence that suggested Douglas Schaefer, a long-time ranch manager, and his wife Peggy, had sold 102 head of cattle belonging to the ranch and kept the proceeds.
TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the Sept. 18 theft of a Polaris Ranger side by side from a driveway in Claremore. The stolen vehicle is black with white stripe and has a full cab, VIN#3NSRTE877FG892053. The right passenger window is broken out. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.
TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports a Charolais bull missing from a pasture near Tahlequah in Cherokee County sometime after June 30. The white bull weighs approximately 1800 pounds and has a yellow year tag in the right ear. Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.
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.