WOODVILLE, TX (PRESS RELEASE) - A Tyler county man was arrested last night on three counts of felony livestock theft. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Jimmy Belt along with Clint Sturrock, chief deputy for the Tyler County Sheriff's Department made the arrest.
Robert "Craig" Minton, Warren, Texas, stole 22 head of cattle and four horses on three occasions from the ranch where he worked as a foreman. He sold the cattle in late 2009, but the horses were recovered by investigators and returned to the victim.
If convicted, Minton could face up to 30 years in prison, 10 years maximum for each count.
"Cattle theft continues to be a big problem across Texas," said Belt. "Branding your cattle and registering that brand with the county and TSCRA is one of the best ways to not only prevent cattle theft, but also help recover your cattle if they are stolen."
Minton is the most recent case of cattle theft in East Texas.
Last week, Michael Terry, Onalaska, Texas was sentenced to 10 years in the Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) after pleading guilty to stealing 55 head of cattle in 2008 from a rancher in Goodrich, Texas, as well as the trailer he transported the cattle in. The stolen cattle and trailer were worth more than $50,000. Terry was also arrested in October 2009 for stealing 10 head of cattle from a rancher in Trinity, Texas, while on bond for his 2008 theft charges.
TSCRA has 29 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.