Central Texas ranch manager, wife, indicted for cattle rustling
A man who managed a large cattle ranch in Bell County, was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury, along with his wife, for stealing several head of cattle from the ranch owner.
The grand jury indicted Douglas Schafer, 68, and his wife Peggy Schafer, 61, for theft of cattle less than $150,000, the grand jury list says.
Douglas Schafer, originally from Stanford, went to work on the Monteith Ranch 30 years ago and Peggy Schafer, his second wife, has been at the ranch for about 18 years, a special ranger for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raiser’s Association, said.
An affidavit issued in the case shows ranch owner Dorrance Monteith notified rangers when he discovered several of his cows were missing and had been taken without his permission.
He told rangers he believed the cattle had been sold.
Livestock sales records showed the Schafers had sold more than 100 head of cattle and had been paid more than $80,000 for the sale.
When rangers interviewed the Schafers they admitted they had taken and sold the cows without Monteith’s permission.
Theft of livestock in Texas is a felony.