A suspect has been arrested in relation to the cattle theft worth $35,000 in Bristow, Okla.
After the Department of Agriculture agents recieved a tip, Jimmy Manley was arrested for allegedly stealing eight bred heifers and two steers from a couple on Sunday, Oct. 11., reported Janna Clark of FOX23. This is not a first time for Manley, as he is a six-time convicted felon for stolen property and burglary in Oklahoma.
Luckily, most of the cattle were found, but one died and one is still missing, reported Clark.
Since cattle prices have been higher than usual, cattle thefts are more rampant. In 2015 alone, 700 head of cattle have been stolen in Oklahoma, and the number is expected to reach 3,000 by the end of the year, according to the Department of Agriculture. The penalty for bovine theft is severe and those who are convicted may recieve up to 10 years for each one stolen.
Investigators said taking precautions and branding cattle is a good way to make sure your steer clear of theft.