A special community meeting will be held Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at North Hopkins Independent School District.
Cattle Ranger Toney Hurley of Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association is hosting the session in conjunction with Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office to discuss the rash of cattle thefts occurring in Hopkins County over the last 10 1/2 months.
“We want to make people aware at the meeting of what’s going on and what they can do the help with these cases,” Hurley said earlier this week. “We are mainly trying to make people aware of crimes being committed to heighten awareness, remind people to keep an eye out for criminal activity, specifically cattle thefts. All county residents are invited to the meeting, specifically those from the North Hopkins area. Anyone interested or concerned about criminal activity is welcome, even those from surround counties.”
Monday afternoon, Lake Country Crimes Stoppers and Southwest Cattle Rangers Association put out a plea to the public for information about the thefts of more than 40 head of cattle from various locations in the county. The thefts have been occurring since June of 2012 through this month. The total value of losses isn’t clear as the thefts have been from a number of different properties, and value varies by bovine based on a number of factors including breed, age, condition, whether it has a calf, etc... But, Hurley said, in some cases each head can be worth as much as $1,300 each.
Crime Stoppers is currently offering up to $2,500 for tips that lead to an arrest or conviction in the cattle theft cases.
“Leads are limited right now, so we are asking for the public’s help. We have just about exhausted all of our resources trying to locate the person or person responsible,” said HCSO Cpl. Dennis Findley, who also serves as coordinator for Lake County Crime Stoppers.
To claim the cash, tips should be reported to Lake Country Crime Stoppers via the recorded line, 903-885-2020.
“We don’t need youe name, just the information. Anonymity is the key to this program,” Findley said.
Calls are handle in such as way that the caller’s identity remains anonymous, but that gives officials a means to distribute any rewards too.
|< Prev||Next >|