Lake Country Crime Stoppers has now increased the reward to more than $10,000 for tips that lead to the arrest or indictment of those responsible for theft of more than 60 head of cattle from the North Hopkins-southern Delta County area since June of 2012, according to Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Toney Hurley.
The losses have been significant to the cattle owners, upwards of $1,000 per 500-pound calf. The stolen cattle have been a mix of calves, cows, yearlings and other bovine.
“We do not believe this is the work of just one individual based on evidence from different locations. We believe two – but it could be more – are involved. The reason we believe these series of thefts are connected is all have similarities, some information and some things left at some scenes,” Hurley told the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram.
Hurley reminds residents of North Hopkins and southern Delta County to remain vigilant in watching for suspicious individuals or vehicles in the area. If anyone sees a suspicious vehicle, the special ranger encourages residents to take down as much information as possible about vehicles and call law enforcement immediately.
To report tips to Crime Stoppers about any of the thefts which have occurred, call 903-885-2020. Callers will be given a number and rewards will be issued if their tip results in arrest or indictment of the people responsible in these thefts.