Eighteen-year-old Boysie Deleon Cole was charged with third degree felony cattle theft for stealing a small calf from a Washington County ranch. Neighbors of the victim witnessed the theft and reported it to the county sheriff, Doug Hutchinson.

Shortly following the theft, authorities received an anonymous tip that Cole had sold the calf at the Caldwell Livestock Commission Co. Hutchinson contacted the sale barn to hold the sale until the calf could be identified. The victim arrived at the barn and identified the calf as his own. The calf was returned to the victim’s ranch where it immediately latched onto its mother, solidifying its identity.

Cole is suspected to be involved in other cattle thefts in the area. He’s currently in the Washington County jail on a $25,000 bond. If convicted, he could remain in jail for up to 10 years and suffer a $10,000 fine.

“This is a great example of neighbors looking out for neighbors and reporting suspicious activity,” said Hutchison. “We were able to act quickly on this case because of the diligence of the victim and his neighbor.”