Authorities in Oklahoma have charged four different people for their involvement in in the theft of 13 cattle.
William Joseph Booth, 27 and James Travis Adams, 24, of Mannford and Jeremiah Allen Richard, 34, of Jennings, were all charged with one count of larceny of domestic animal, livestock, and one count of knowingly concealing stolen property. Another suspect, Marcia Marie Adams, 50, of Mannford, was charged with one count of knowingly concealing stolen property.
Charges were filed after an investigation was initiated by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier.
The investigation started after Perrier received a call from the Mid-America Stockyards in Bristow about a possible cattle theft.
The victim who had 13 cattle stolen attending the weekly livestock auction and was able to identify a group of 12 cattle being sold that fit the description of his missing cattle. Sales records showed that the cattle were cosigned by all four of the suspects.
The 13 calves were taken from pens near Mannford where they were being weaned at the time. Gates on the pens were locked and the victim regularly checked the cattle. This helped in knowing when the cattle had been stolen and to start watching local sales.
Assistance with investigation was provided by the Creek County Sheriff’s Office. Interviews of Booth, James Adams and Richard led to a confession that they had stolen the cattle. The group was allegedly in financial trouble which led them to commit the crime.
To help conceal their crime they sold 12 cattle, instead of all 13 head. They also removed ear tags from the calves to try and reduce the risk of having the cattle positively identified.
Richard was employed by Mid-America Stockyards, and Booth was employed at the Creek County Justice Center at the time of the theft. Following the investigation the pair were terminated by their employers.
Arrests were made by the Creek County Sheriff’s Office for Booth, Marcia Adams and James Adams on the outstanding warrants Friday, Oct. 26. Richard was not arrested at the time of the press release from TSCRA, but there is an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
TSCRA and Special Ranger Perrier thanked the Creek County Sheriff’s Office, Undersheriff Joe Thompson, Investigator Daniel Brashear and Special Ranger Brett Wellden for their assistance in the investigation.