Citizen’s tip nets five arrests in midnight cattle theft

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A tip to the local sheriff’s office in the middle of the night of suspicious activity resulted in the arrest of five accused of stealing 37 head of cattle in northern Louisiana.

The call to the Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Office alerted authorities of three trailers hauling cattle in the middle of the night on June 8. The call reported all three trailers had stopped when one had a flat tire.

The Monroe News Star reports the report led to the arrest of Robert McKinney, 30, of Albany; Brandy Fralick, 33, of Albany; Rowdy Ray, 24, of Independence; Carey Hutchinson, 33, of Albany; and Kayla Stevenson, 24, of Amite. A 15-year-old was also involved and released to his family.

Two of the suspects, McKinney and Ray, are allegedly involved in the theft of 14 cattle in late May. In the prior theft, the suspects cut the ear tags of the animals and sold 12 of the cows through the Amite sale barn.

McKinney and Ray each face two felony counts for theft of livestock. The remaining three are charged with felony theft of livestock. The suspects could serve up to 10 years in prison for each theft charge. McKinney also faces charges of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, criminal conspiracy and possession of stolen property.

All 37 head of cattle were recovered and are back at Jeff Simmons Farms.

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