Local authorities are still in need of help solving a series of cattle thefts in Hopkins County spanning over the last year. The payout for anyone willing to share information that leads to an arrest, conviction or solving of the cases has gone up as well — to more than $5,000 in fact.
In late April, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office had just about exhausted the limited leads they’d gotten on the more than 40 head of cattle stolen from various locations around the county starting in June 2012. They put out a plea asking for tips.
At that time, Lake Country Crime Stoppers was offering up to $2,500 for tips to the confidential report line which help crack the cases, HCSO Cpl. Dennis Findley (who also serves as LCCS coordinator) reported.
TSWCA Cattle Ranger Toney Hurley recently held a community meeting in North Hopkins to discuss the problem and advise residents what to be on the lookout for and what they could do to help.
Several local farmers, ranchers and Hopkins County citizens have kicked in additional funding to encourage people who might have information about the thefts to call the information into Crime Stoppers. As of Monday, the reward being offered was more than $5,000, Hurley reported.
To claim the cash, tips should be reported to Lake Country Crime Stoppers via the recorded line, 903-885-2020. Callers do not have to give their name, just their information. Calls are handled in such a way that the caller’s identity remains anonymous, but it gives officials a means to distribute any rewards.
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