Additional suspect arrested in family cattle theft ring
Houston County Courier
A Marquez woman was arrested Friday, Oct. 29 after she was linked to two cattle theft cases involving a mother and son. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Brent Mast and Lt. Kevin Ellis, Leon County Sheriff's Department led the investigation. Ashley Nelson, 24, was arrested after allegedly stealing six head of cattle along with Rosario Carrizales, 53. Carrizales was arrested in June. Carrizales’ son, Jose Guadalupe Carrizales, 26, was also arrested for theft of livestock after stealing one head of cattle from the same rancher in March.
Nelson is the common-law wife of Jose Carrizales.
If convicted, each suspect could face up to 10 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine.
Also on Friday, Sergio Flores, 44, was arrested by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Brent Mast and Investigator Victor Smith of the Leon County Sheriff’s Department, following an indictment by a Leon County grand jury on Wednesday for livestock theft.
Flores, who worked as a ranch manager, allegedly stole three head of cattle from his employer. The stolen cattle were branded with the victim’s brand. “We were able to track down these cattle quickly because they were branded with the victim's brand,” said Mast. “If you are a rancher, make sure your cattle are branded and that brand is registered with the county.” The cattle were recovered and returned to the owner. The investigation is ongoing.
Flores could face up to 10 years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine.
TSCRA has 29 special rangers stationed strategically through-out Texas and Oklahoma 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.
TSCRA market inspectors aid the Special Rangers by collecting brands and other identifying marks on four to five million cattle sold at 115 Texas livestock markets each year.
Market inspectors report their findings to TSCRA’s Fort Worth headquarters, where the information is entered into the nation’s largest brand recording and retrieval system. This database is the first source checked when a special ranger receives a theft call.