The Custer County District Attorney's Office has charged a Hinton, Okla., man with larceny theft of domestic animals after he stole more than 40 head of cattle over a period of time since 2008.

Timothy Allan Crowl, 45, also known as Festus, confessed to the Custer County Sheriff's Office to stealing more than 9 head of cattle from Dobbins Feed Yard in Thomas, Okla., in January 2009. At the time, Crowl was employed by Larry Dobbins, owner of Dobbins Feed Yard.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers Ben Eggleston, John Cummings and Austin Green were contacted to investigate the case. Further investigation revealed that Crowl had stolen more than 40 head from the feed yard since 2008.

"Like many cattle theft cases we investigate, this theft was an inside job," Eggleston said. "The best way to minimize theft from your cattle operation is to stick to the basics, keep good records and files, and do regular counts of your animals."

Crowl is pending arrest. If convicted, he could serve up to 10 years in jail.

TSCRA has 29 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Okla. who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 132-year-old trade organization and is the largest livestock association in Texas. TSCRA has more than 15,000 members who manage approximately 4 million head of cattle on 51.5 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma. TSCRA provides law enforcement services, livestock inspection, legislative and regulatory advocacy and educational opportunities for its members and the industry.