TSCRA Special Ranger Kenny Wadsworth is seeking information following two West Texas thefts. The thefts are believed to be unrelated and involve a tractor taken from a property in Crane County near the Ward County line on Nov. 23, 2017; and 21 black branded cow-calf pairs and one bull missing from the Tall City Ranch southeast of Midland.
TSCRA Special Ranger Robin Clark, Dist. 28 in South Texas, reports 2 black bull yearlings missing from a property in Kinney County. The bulls were last seen on Oct. 30 and have a 7 brand on the left hip. If you have any information regarding these bulls, please call Special Ranger Clark at 830-278-5778.
Michael Jay Perschbacher, 57, of Sulphur, Okla. was arrested Friday on multiple counts, including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Brett Wellden led the investigation into a stolen truck out of Lancaster, Texas, that resulted in his arrest. This latest incident is not Perschbacher’s first run-in with TSCRA Special Rangers. In June he was arrested in Enid, Okla. after absconding with 48 head of sheep from a livestock auction.
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.