Man sentenced for cattle theft, rustling


Detroit Lakes Online (MN)

Feb 8, 2019  


Bret Ricardo Glatzmaier, 51, of rural Park Rapids, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony rustling and livestock theft.


He was one of two men charged with felonies after selling cattle they did not own. The other was Christopher Charles Strehlow of Detroit Lakes.


According to court records, on Nov. 4, 2017, an investigator with the Becker County Sheriff's Office spoke to a cattle owner who said he had responded to an advertisement placed by Glatzmaier regarding pasture land for rent. The two agreed the man could graze his cattle on the land in exchange for one small Holstein heifer. Glatzmaier did not have any other cattle in the pasture.


On Aug. 20, 2017, the man brought 16 head of cattle to the pasture. When he returned on Nov. 4, there were only four head left.


Investigation revealed that Glatzmaier sold four head of cattle to another man on Aug. 26, and the second man then sold the cattle to the Perham Stockyards. Through markings, investigators were able to identify one of the cattle Glatzmaier sold as coming from the victim's herd in the rented pasture.


Employees at the Perham Stockyard told the investigator that Glatzmaier had also sold two other steers to them on Sept. 25 and...