Reward increased to $10K after nearly 500 steers stolen from Texas ranch

The stolen cattle are branded on the left hip. (TSCRA image)
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HENRIETTA, Texas (KWTX) The reward for information that leads to an arrest or indictment has been increased to $10,000 after a herd of 489 steers were stolen from a ranch in eastern Clay County, which is just east of Wichita County and Wichita Falls.

The cattle were taken between November 2018 and August, but because of the size of the rancher’s herd, he didn’t discover they were missing until shipping the remainder of his cattle, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association said in a press release.

The ranch owner and Operation Cow Thief, a TSCRA anti-theft initiative, are offering the reward.

The steers are mixed breed Charolais and Black Angus type cattle that, at the time they were taken, were estimated to weigh 400 to 500 pounds, but now would weight from 800 to 1,000 pounds, TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw said.

The cattle are branded on the left hip.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the Operation Cow Thief hotline at (888) 830-2333 or Bradshaw at (940) 389-6123.