The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is searching for suspects after recovering a stolen pickup truck and 3,000 pounds of stranded copper wire stolen from an Oklahoma ranch.
Three 750-foot coils of large diameter, unused copper cable and a truck were stolen from a ranch in the Chelsea, Okla. area on May 27 or 28. The truck was recovered June 3 and TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings and Rogers County Investigator Joe Garber and Deputy Virgil Carter acted on a tip to recover the copper last Wednesday in an open field in the Foyil, Okla. area.
No suspects have been identified but a $500 reward is available for any information. The copper is worth about $7,000.
Fox34 reports copper thefts have been an issue in rural areas. Like livestock thefts, the number of thefts increases as temperatures warm up and the price of the item moves higher. Thieves are targeting irrigation systems, leaving farmers to pay repair costs and insurance rate hikes.
Anyone with information regarding this case should contact TSCRA's Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333 or John Cummings at 918-342-0888. Individuals reporting information may choose to remain anonymous.