TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in East Oklahoma, reports the theft of a saddle and various tack items from a barn near Claremore in Rogers County. Missing is a double rigged brown leather Billy Cook roping saddle with basket weave tooling, silver Conchos with strings and silver stirrups with oak leaf pattern engraving; a leather basket weave headstall with bit; a Bud Sankey bit; a side pull bit and headstall; rawhide roping reins; a set of split reins; and a black saddle blanket. These items were taken some time between April 19 and May 14. If you have any information about this theft or these items, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.
TSCRA applauded the final passage of HB 2817, authored by State Rep. Mary Gonzalez, D-El Paso, and sponsored by Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock. The legislation was sent to Gov. Abbott for his signature Tuesday. Provisions within the bill ensure those who criminally kill livestock will be held accountable, and that TSCRA Special Rangers have the tools necessary to continue their steadfast protection of Texas’ ranchers.
TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummins, Dist. 5 in eastern Oklahoma, reports the May 13 theft of a truck, utility trailer, zero-turn mower and other landscaping equipment from a property near Collinsville in Rogers County. Stolen was a red 2006 Ford F250 pickup, VIN 1FTNX20516EC17836, license 633DYB; a green RTS brand 77-inch by 12-foot utility trailer, serial no. 46XUT12181M001423; Grasshopper 329 deck zero-turn lawnmower with a 72-inch deck and air-ride seat, serial no. 6317023; Echo edger; Echo blower; and Stihl string trimmer. If you have any information regarding this theft or equipment, please contact Special Ranger Cummings at 918-3420-888.
TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 24 in Oklahoma, reports two cases of missing cattle The first case involves cow and calf missing since April 27 from a pasture near Wilson in Carter County. The cow is black Brangus, weighs approximately 1200 pounds and has a brand of a 0 with a bar through it on the left hip. The unbranded calf is white and weighs approximately 250 pounds. The second case involves 4 first-calf heifers and calves missing since May 15 from a property near Bearden in Okfuskee County. The cows weigh approximately 850 pounds, each, have a JS brand on the left hip and pink numbered ear tags in left ears. Three of the cows are black Angus crosses with black unbranded calves; and the last cow is red with a white star. She has a red calf. If you have any information regarding these cattle please contact Special Ranger Perrier at 918-847-3231.
Bryan Andrew McBrayer, 49, was arrested last week on charges of Theft of Cattle Against an Elderly, a second-degree felony. The charges and arrest are the result of an investigation by TSCRA Special Ranger Kenny Murchison. In November 2016, Murchison was contacted by a 97-year-old Williamson County rancher who reported cattle missing. The victim suspected his stepson, McBrayer, was involved in the theft. Murchison contacted the nearest livestock auction market, in Lampasas, and learned that the each time the suspect hauled cattle to the auction for his stepfather he also sold cattle in his own name. McBrayer, however, did not own any cattle. In all, nine head of cattle were sold by the suspect netting more than $7,500 in ill-gotten proceeds.
TSCRA Hal Dumas, Dist. 21 in East Texas, reports a total of 15 head of cattle missing from two properties in Robertson County. Missing since May 1 are 5 crossbred cows and a Simbrah bull branded with a Circle M or LS on the left hip. The bull also has a “42” number brand. Also missing since March 1 are 9 crossbred cows with a Wine Glass J brand on the left side. If you have any information regarding these cases, please call Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832.
Ronald Ryan Shepard Jr., 41, is finally heading to a Texas prison. On May 18 Shepard pled guilty to three counts of Theft of Livestock, third-degree felonies, in the Eighth District Court of Rains County. Shepard first caught the attention of Texas authorities in August 2011 after he failed to make prompt payment for cattle purchased from seven East Texas auction markets. TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand began an 11-month investigation, which ultimately led to Shepard’s indictment. However, in March 2012, he faked his own kidnapping and went on the run. It was revealed that multiple states had, or were in the process of issuing, arrest warrants for Shepard. He was also wanted by federal authorities after violating his federally-supervised release on bank fraud charges.
TSCRA Special Ranger Ben Eggleston, Dist. 2 in the Texas Panhandle, reports 10 head of cattle missing after they went estray in the recent late-season snowstorm on the county line between Sherman and Hansford counties, 20 miles northwest of Gruver. The 10 head of mixed-color steers and heifers weigh 700 to 850 pounds, each, and are branded D/C on the left hip. All cattle had red ear tags. If you have any information regarding these animals please contact Special Ranger Eggleston at 806-356-6101.
TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in Central Texas, reports 9 steers went missing from a property near Moody in McLennan County sometime after March 21. The steers are mostly black with a few Charolais cross, weigh approximately 900 pounds, each, and have a connected “CM” brand on the left hip. If you have […]
TSCRA Special Rangers in Texas and Oklahoma report the theft of 4 head of black Brangus heifers from a property in Stephenville sometime after April 25; and 16 Angus cross cows plus a black Angus bull from a pasture near Blanco in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. The sound system was also stolen from the livestock market in West on May 10-11.