TSCRA SealHENDERSON, Texas — Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Larry Hand is seeking information after the recent theft of a Kubota tractor from a property near Laneville, Texas.

Operation Cow Thief, an anti-theft initiative led by TSCRA is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the recovery of the tractor or arrest of the person or persons responsible for the crime.

The 2015 Kubota model M7060HD tractor was stolen from the property at an unknown time between July 14 and July 16, 2018. It is suspected that the perpetrator or perpetrators forced entry into a hay field where the tractor was located. The serial number on the missing tractor is 61561. It is also equipped with a front-end loader, serial number A7637 and hay forks on the front and rear.

TSCRA Special Ranger Hand is investigating the case. Anyone with information that could help identify the suspects or recover the tractor is asked to call TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at (888) 830-2333 or Special Ranger Larry Hand at (903) 592-5252.

All information is kept confidential, and tips may be provided anonymously.

TSCRA’s Special Rangers are an elite group of law enforcement officers who have extensive knowledge of the cattle industry and primarily investigate cattle theft and other agricultural crimes, though they are well-trained in all facets of law enforcement. In all, TSCRA has 30 Special Rangers stationed throughout Texas and Oklahoma who are commissioned through the Texas Department of Public Safety or Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

The Special Rangers also oversee more than 80 TSCRA market inspectors who collect data, such as brands and other identifying marks on 4 to 5 million cattle sold at 100 Texas livestock markets each year. That information is entered into the TSCRA’s recording and retrieval system, which is a vital tool for law enforcement when investigating theft cases.

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