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Two charged in Cattle Theft in Trinity County
Houston County Courier - October 2009
GROVETON - A Lufkin woman surrendered to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, Oct. 12 after she and her son were charged with theft of livestock. The cattle were allegedly stolen by the woman’s son, Michael Terry, 43, of Groveton.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
(TSCRA) Special Ranger Brent Mast along with the Trinity County Sheriff's Office made the arrests.
On Oct. 8, Mary Horn, 69, reportedly sold 10 head of
cattle in her
name at the Nacogdoches Livestock Ex-
According to Trinity County Sheriff Ralph Montemayor, Charles Taylor, a rancher who
lives north of Groveton on FM 3317, noticed some of his cattle were missing on Thursday, Oct. 8. Knowing the
only auction held in the area that day was in Nacogdoches he decided to try and locate his livestock.
While at the auction Taylor reportedly recognized some of the livestock as being his.
Auction company records led authorities to the suspects.
Terry was arrested Friday, Oct. 9 while out on bond for 2008 felony cattle theft charges in Polk County.
When he was arrested, Terry was also in possession of a stolen Kubota tractor.
Seven of the 10 head of cattle were returned to the owner. Three had already gone to the slaughter house.
"The victim was our biggest asset in this case," Mast said.
"He knew quickly that he had cattle missing by keeping track of his herd and was able to contact TSCRA and the Trinity County Sheriff's Office almost immediately. With his help, we were able to track the livestock down and make a quick arrest."
TSCRA has 29 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement.
Ms. Horn is facing third degree felony charges of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.Ms. Horn was released from jail on an unknown amount of bond.
Terry is also facing a third degree felony on the theft of livestock charge. Authorities said other charges are pending against Terry. As of press time Wednesday Terry remained incarcerated in the Trinity County Jail with a bond of $500,000.