Spicewood cattle theft part of troubling trend
July 22, 2013, 6:30 pm by Alexandria Randolph
A recent theft of cattle in Spicewood is one of a growing number of livestock thefts in the state, according to Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raiser Association officials.
According to TSCRA officials, $4.4 million worth of stolen livestock and ranch equipment was recovered or accounted for in Texas in 2012. Last year alone more than 10,400 head of cattle and horses were reported missing or stolen to the association, a large increase from the 7,600 reported in 2011.
In late June, Burnet County Sheriff’s Deputies received a report from a ranch hand and ranch owner that after performing counts over five weeks on a ranch property located in Spicewood, two cows were noticed missing. According to the incident report, the ranch hand had checked with neighbors about the missing cows, but no one had seen any loose cattle.
The report stated that the hand had noticed that two of the gates were not in the same position he had left them, but that no other evidence was left behind. The two cows, believed to be Angus cross-bred, weighed about 1,500 pounds each and could have been worth about $3,000 together.
"We have seen a
rise in thefts,” said Carmen Fenton, Director of Public Relations for TSCRA. "In
2007, the numbers were around 2,400 head (of cattle) stolen. That number has
gone up to 8,000.”
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