Another cattle thief is headed for the slammer. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers Harold Dempsey and Dean Bohannon have arrested a Guymon, Oklahoma man for stealing cattle from a livestock auction in Dalhart, Texas.
“Through the teamwork of the sale barn owners, local law enforcement officials, TSCRA market inspectors and special rangers, we were able to catch this suspect in the act of stealing cattle,” said Dempsey in the press release.
After coming up short on head counts, Market Inspector Anita Prizilas suspected the theft of two cattle heads, and contacted the Special Rangers.
Further investigation revealed 63-year-old Dannie Talcott had been purchasing cattle from Cattlemen’s Livestock Commission and selling them to Premium Beef, a packing plant in Booker, Texas.
Talcott would pick up his purchased cattle, and in the process, he would load additional livestock for which he wouldn’t pay.
Video surveillance of the sale barn began at 11:00 PM on March 3rd, and at 5:00 AM the following morning, the Special Rangers witnessed Talcott picking up his cattle, plus a couple unpaid.
Upon arrest, Talcott was transported to Dallam-Hartley County Jail where he admitted to stealing the cattle, and doing so on four other occasions. Talcott is facing charges for theft of livestock, with the other additional cases will be presented to the Dallam-Hartley County District Attorney.
“I encourage anyone with cattle to keep a close watch over their herds and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement as soon as possible,” adds Dempsey.
TSCRA has extended a special thanks to Hartley County Sheriff Franky Scott and Chief Deputy Tim Bell for their assistance with the case.