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         2 arrested for stealing 77 cattle from Muenster ranch

         Wheeler man sentenced for bull theft



2 arrested for stealing 77 cattle from Muenster ranch


By Elena Mendoza, KXII (TX)

Oct 04, 2017


MUENSTER, Tex. (KXII) -- 30-year-old Alex Sicking and 49-year-old Keith Hennigan were arrested last week, accused of stealing 77 head of cattle from a ranch on County Road 425 earlier this year, over a period of a couple months.


"In all my years I never had anything quite like this to happen. I've had things taken before, but not like this," said 87-year-old Rufus Henscheid, who owned the cattle with his son, John.


Henscheid said his son started noticing a few head missing in February.


"He said, 'I haven't been able see the bigger cattle that we want to sell'."


We're told the thefts started small, until Henscheid got a call from an anonymous person, who told him that they had heard someone stole 47 head of cattle from his place.


Troy McKinney, a special ranger with the Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, assisted the Cooke County Sheriff's Office with the investigation.


"We found that the suspect had sold, at various different sale barns in Texas, where he sold cattle that were the same cow or cattle reported stolen out of Cooke County," said McKinney...





Wheeler man sentenced for bull theft


By Kaitlin Johnson, Digital Content Executive Producer, (TX)

October 4th 2017




A Wheeler man has been sentenced after pleading guilty in a bull theft.


Jaimie "Jim Bob" Jernigan, 46, pleaded guilty to charges of theft of livestock and obstruction.


In May of 2015, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Ben Eggleston was contacted by an area cattle raiser and the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office. Eggleston was told that the cattle raiser had made a verbal agreement with Jernigan to sell a bull and return the proceeds of the sale.


Jernigan then took possession of the bull and sold it in Colorado, but he never returned the earnings to the rancher as they had agreed.


The rancher and local law enforcement contacted Jernigan several times in an attempt to resolve the matter, but they were not successful.


After Eggleston contacted Colorado brand inspection authorities, a brand inspector located the bull, and law enforcement traveled to Colorado to take back the bull...


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