A North Richland Hills, Texas man turned himself into authorities and was charged with third degree felony theft of livestock and second degree felony theft of livestock from the elderly on May 4 after stealing 144 head of cattle from two North Texas ranchers.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger John Bradshaw led the investigation. TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman and Texas Game Warden Chris Dowdy assisted during the investigation.
Bradshaw received a phone call from Dowdy on July 2, 2014 in regard to suspicious activity by the suspect, Jerry Dean Kulow, 56, of North Richland Hills, Texas. Kulow worked as a ranch foreman for one of the victims who is a rancher in Boyd, Texas.
Kulow’s boss had requested that Kulow sell some cattle at the livestock auction on numerous occasions. It was revealed that Kulow had made many trips to the Cleburne Livestock Auction. Records revealed he had sold about 95 head of cattle, but he never gave the proceeds to the owner.
The second victim was having issues with his cattle getting onto the property that Kulow was managing. The property is divided by the Trinity River and was only holding a small volume of water at the time, so the cattle could easily cross the barrier. Kulow’s boss had given him $3,000 for materials to construct a new fence between his and the other victim’s property but Kulow never built the fence and the location of the money is unknown.
The investigation revealed that some of the cattle Kulow sold actually belonged to the neighboring rancher. Bradshaw recovered thirty-five cows and seven calves on some property and they were returned to the victim. One bull, five cows, and one calf were later found on a different piece of property, located north of Boyd, and these cattle were also recovered and returned.
Kulow stole a total of 144 head of cattle worth about $98,000 from his boss and the neighboring rancher. Kulow was questioned by Bradshaw and he confessed to the crime and never provided information on where the money went. Bradshaw, with the assistance of Goodman, received banking records showing that Kulow had only deposited two checks from the sale of cattle. One check was from Decatur Livestock and the other was from Cleburne Livestock.
Kulow was arrested on two $10,000 bonds. He was charged with third degree felony theft of livestock and second degree felony theft of livestock from the elderly by the Wise County District Attorney’s Office.
TSCRA would like to thank Dowdy and the Wise County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance with this investigation.
Source: Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association