TSCRA: Alleged cattle thief arrested in Houston

 Resize text         Printer-friendly version of this article Printer-friendly version of this article

Houston – A Washington County man was arrested Thursday by authorities after he was charged with third degree felony livestock theft. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Doug Hutchison and Washington County Sheriff’s Investigator Damon Wegner led the investigation.

Benjamin Gonzales, 47, is accused of stealing 2 calves from his employer’s ranch in Washington County and selling them at an auction market in Giddings, Texas. The calves were worth a total of $1,000.

According to Special Ranger Hutchison, the calves were not branded, but the victim kept a close eye on his herd and noticed they were missing soon after. Hutchison said that a paper trail and eyewitness statements led authorities to Gonzales.

Gonzales is in the Harris County jail but is scheduled to be transferred to Washington County later today. Bond is set at $50,000. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Belt assisted with the investigation.

TSCRA would like to thank Sgt. Virginia Brasher with the Houston Police Department for her help in arresting Gonzales.



Comments (0) Leave a comment 

Name
e-Mail (required)
Location

Comment:

characters left


Lifeline® Nourish BeefTM

The only colostrum replacer made especially for beef calves. Contains added fat & carbohydrates for energy to help wet, cold ... Read More

View all Products in this segment

View All Buyers Guides

Feedback Form
Leads to Insight