Big Thicket Messenger - June 2007
Police have arrested Kristian Grace Williams of Tarkington on charges of theft after she reportedly stole saddles and tack, two horses, and a cattle trailer, from another Tarkington area woman.
All of the items were then allegedly sold. Special Ranger Jimmy Belt of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, with the assistance of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, has recovered many of the items.
Belt has been aware of the thefts since May 16, in which Williams reportedly was working for the victim, who is said to have given her consent for Williams to use the horses and equipment to participate in the Liberty County Sheriff’s Posse. The horses were never used for that purpose and were reportedly sold without the owner’s consent.
“The case became criminal when the animals and equipment were sold. We began an investigation and discovered the whereabouts of the property. As of May 28, all of the property, with the exception of the saddles and tack, had been recovered,” said Belt.
One of the horses stolen was valued at $9,000 and is a registered race horse. The other one is valued at $8,000. The cattle trailer value is $7,200 with the saddles and tack under $2,000, bringing the total value to $27,000.
Williams now faces two state felony charges – one for theft of livestock and one for theft (for the saddles, tack and trailer).
“The charge of livestock theft covers the victim’s losses, but there are no guarantees for the people who bought the animals. That will be left up to the district attorney’s office and the judge. The judge could set terms for restitution,” said Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur.