A Chireno, Texas, man turned himself in to authorities today after he was indicted by a Grand Jury on three counts of felony livestock theft. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Larry Hand was the lead investigator on the case along with Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson and Market Inspector Pat McGuigan.
Raymond Perry Muse, 45, is accused of stealing cattle from two different victims, both of which were neighbors of Muse.
The investigation began in October 2013 after Hand received a call from a victim that he was missing cattle. Further investigations led Hand to a second victim and more missing cattle. In total, at least eight head were stolen on three separate occasions.
All of the cattle were positively identified and returned to their owners.
"This case required a lot of research, several means of identifying ownership including a DNA test, cooperation of the victims, and a list of local law enforcement officials," said Hand.
"Cattle thefts in this area aren’t rare, particularly with today’s high cattle prices," said Hand. "This is why it is so important for ranchers to brand and keep count of their cattle."
Muse surrendered himself Monday and was released on a $50,000 bond.
Hand says the investigation is ongoing.
TSCRA would like to thank David Crisp, detective with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Department, the Nacogdoches County District Attorney’s Office, and Dr. James Derr with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University for their assistance with this case.
Source: Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association