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2010-10-28 / General Stories

Robertson County Man Arrested For Cattle Theft

FRANKLIN, TEXAS - A Robertson County man was arrested today for theft of 45 head of cattle. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger

Hal Dumas led the investigation along with TSCRA Market Inspectors James Jett and Morgan Wendland. Also involved in the investigation were Robertson County Deputy

Joe Cheatham, Investigators Steve Misterek and Karen Box and Calvert Police Chief Terry Kuhn.

Aaron Walker, 19, of Calvert, allegedly stole 45 head of cattle from multiple ranches in Robertson County. Walker is currently held at the Robertson County jail in Franklin, Texas. Bond is set for $50,000.

Walker allegedly sold the cattle through three area livestock auctions over a five month period. The auctions were Milam County Livestock Auction, Calvert Livestock Inc. and Brazos Valley Livestock. Only a few of the stolen cattle were branded.

“Had more of the stolen cattle been branded, we could have identified more victims and possibly recovered some of the cattle,” said Dumas. “Registering your brand with the county and branding your cattle is the most effective way to prevent and quickly recover sto- len livestock.”

Four additional suspects are being presented before a Robertson County grand jury for possible indictment.

Theft of 45 head of cattle is a third degree felony. If convicted Walker could receive up to 10 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine.

TSCRA has 29 Special Rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have indepth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

TSCRA market inspectors aid the Special Rangers by collecting brands and other identifying marks on 4 to 5 million cattle sold at 115 Texas livestock markets each year.

Market inspectors report their findings to TSCRA’s Fort Worth headquarters, where the information is entered into the nation’s largest brand recording and retrieval system. This database is the first source checked when a special ranger receives a theft call.

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 133-year-old trade organization.

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