May 24, 2014
A Martha man turned himself in to authorities today after he was charged with Larceny of Domestic Animals. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Rangers Ben Eggleston and Scott Williamson led the investigation.
In September 2013, Dustin Mitchell Cooper, 30, allegedly stole 10 calves from pens located at County Road 2010 and County Road 1510 in Greer County. The calves were worth approximately $10,000.
According to Eggleston, the day of the reported theft, Cooper sold 10 calves at the Hobart Stock Yards under the name of D Cross C Ranch.
“This area has been a hotbed for cattle theft over the past few years,” said Eggleston. “Ranchers need to make sure they are branding their livestock and reporting stolen cattle to TSCRA.”
Cooper was released on a $5,000 bond. If convicted, he could be sentenced up to ten years in prison.
TSCRA would like to thank the Jackson and Greer County Sheriff’s Departments for their help with the investigation.