South Dakota cattle thief apprehended in Fayette County
Nicholas Tooker, 37, was taken into custody Thursday in Round Top, Texas, on a felony cattle theft warrant from South Dakota. The arrest came after an investigation by TSCRA Special Rangers Mike Barr.
Tooker was previously arrested in Canyon Lake, Texas, in March after a lengthy search by TSCRA Special Rangers acting on a warrant out of Oklahoma. In that case, Tooker was charged with one felony count of using a bogus check. Information from that investigation led Barr to the warrant issued out of Hamlin County, South Dakota.
Tooker was arrested Thursday without incident by a Fayette County Constable and transported to the Fayette County Jail for booking. He will be held in lieu of bond, awaiting extradition to South Dakota on one count of felony grand theft of cattle.
“Too often we see cases where cattle thieves operate in multiple states or across state lines in a misguided attempt to hide their crimes,” said Barr. “Rest assured, we are well equipped to work with our counterparts across the country to bring cattle thieves to justice wherever they may hide.”
TSCRA would like to thank the Fayette County Constable’s Office for their assistance in the investigation and apprehension of Tooker. Further charges may be filed as the investigation progresses and additional information is revealed.