A Perrin, Texas man was arrested and charged with first degree felony theft of livestock of over $200,000 on Friday after stealing steers from a Nebraska rancher.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger John Bradshaw led the investigation.
According to Bradshaw, a Nebraska based cattle marketing agency had received an order from the victim to buy some steers. The agency contacted the suspect, Tony Eugene Lyon, 51, of Perrin, Texas to supply the steers.
After the victim wrote a $798,000 check to the marketing agency, Lyon received a check from the agency for $791,000. The victim then went to Lyon’s property in Perrin, Texas to look at the steers. It was decided that the cattle would be turned out on a wheat pasture and Lyon would take care of them until they could be shipped. When the victim returned at a later date to check on the steers, Lyon told him he didn’t have them anymore and that he had to get rid of them to take care of some prior obligations.
Lyon was arrested and arraigned on Friday and charged with theft of livestock of over $200,000, a first degree felony. He is being held at the Jack County jail on a $1 million bond.
This is an ongoing investigation and more charges are expected to be filed on Lyon. Additional suspects are expected to be identified, and more arrests are expected to be made in this case.