Reward increased after 262 head of cattle stolen from Texas ranch

Information about the theft of 262 head of cattle off a Texas ranch just got a lot more valuable. (File)

PERRYTON, Texas Authorities in the Texas Panhandle are offering $11,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons who stole 262 head of cattle off a Lipscomb County ranch.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Ben Eggleston said rancher Bob Adcock has added $10,000 of his own money to the reward.

Operation Cow Thief was originally offering a $1,000 reward.

The $11,000 will be paid to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest or indictment of the person or persons responsible for the crime.

Eggleston said all information is kept confidential, and tips may be provided anonymously by calling 888-830-2333.

On February 18, 2020, Adcock reported the steers and heifers missing from the Bill Merydith Ranch located at 14135 County Road U in Perryton.

He said most of the cattle were black, but some were red and other mixed colors.

The livestock weighed between 500 and 550 pounds each. All are branded with a Lazy 11 on their left shoulder.

“Any theft, but especially one of this magnitude, can just be devastating to a rancher,” Eggleston said.

“If you know something about this crime, please come forward so we can help him recover those animals.”