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Crime Stoppers: 14 cows stolen; officers asking for public’s help

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Cattle thieves have struck again in northern Hopkins County. This time, more than a dozen cows were stolen.

A cattle owner from the north end of the county reported 14 cows stolen over the weekend —  a costly loss for the livestock owners who had contacted the sheriff’s office by Monday morning to report the thefts.

“That we know of, nine cows and five calves were taken from one pasture in the north part of the county. That’s a bunch,” said Lewis Tatum, chief investigator for Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in locating whoever is responsible for thestheft of the 14 bovine.

“We’re asking county residents if they see anything suspicious to contact us. If they see a trailer moving at night in the north part of the county, we especially ask to be notified so we can check them out and hopefully prevent this from happening again and get whoever’s responsible.

And tips which lead to an arrest or conviction in the cattle theft case could prove beneficial for the caller.  Between Crime Stoppers and funds contributed by local cattlmen, a reward of more than $6,000 is being offered

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 that gives officials a means to distribute any forthcoming rewards.

Callers may also contact the sheriff’s office at 903-438-4040 to report suspicious activity, possibly connected to cattle theft, to a dispatcher for immediate response or to contact an investigator about the thefts.

This marks at least the second time this year that local investigators have sought the public’s help in solving cattle thefts.

In late April, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office had just about thoroughly 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 through April 2013. So, they put out a plea asking for tips then, too. Several local farmers, ranchers and Hopkins County citizens kicked in additional funding at that time to encourage people who might have information about those cattle thefts to call the information into Crime Stoppers.

 

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