Cattle Rustling in Dekalb County

If you think cattle rustling is only something that happened in the old west, just look to Dekalb County for proof that it is still a problem! Dekalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris is reporting today that several dozen head of cattle have been stolen from farms in his county over the past two weeks. In a press release, the sheriff says that the problem began between May 13th and 15th when 20 cows and 15 calves were stolen from a farm in the New Harmony Community. On May 23rd and 24th – 3 more cattle, 9 calves and a John Deere Gator were stolen from the same farm. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case. The sheriff also says that 2 head of cattle were found shot to death on May 25th in the Lebanon Community. A 25-hundred dollar reward is being offered in that case. *And* sheriff’s investigators are also looking into the case of 3 missing cattle from a farm in the Whiton Community. A 25-hundred dollar reward is being offered in that case as well. Sheriff Harris is urging anyone who may have seen any suspicious movement of cattle in these areas to please call his office at256.845.3801 or to contact agents with the Alabama Agriculture and Rural Crime Unit at 256.845.0465.

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