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$11K Reward Being Offered in Lipscomb County Cattle Theft

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The team at Texas Media Group, AuthenticTexan.com, and TexasHillCountry.com wants our fans to help a Texas ranch catch a group of cattle thieves. An $11,000 reward is being offered, in part, by a rancher after 262 head of cattle were stolen from the Bill Merydith Ranch, located at 14135 County Road U in Perryton.

The crime of cattle rustling continues to cost Texas ranchers millions of dollars on an annual basis. Deputized to investigate the crime, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association investigates in the Lone Star State as well as Oklahoma. In the last decade alone, they’ve recovered more than $48 million in stolen livestock and equipment. This is no petty crime. In a recent article, it was stated that “a calf can generate a payday of close to $1K, and an uncastrated bull can get them close to $3K. That’s a lot of money to tempt potential cattle rustlers.” If the cattle aren’t branded or marked the crime is harder to trace or track. Our state doesn’t require cattle to be marked or branded, however, thankfully, in this instance they were.

$11K Reward Being Offered in Lipscomb County Cattle Theft

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On February 18, 2020, Bob Adcock, a Texas rancher, reported the 262 steers and heifers as missing. All were branded on their left shoulders with a Lazy 11. The cattle are described as a mixture of mostly black but some red as well as some being mixed colors, each weighing between 500 and 550 pounds. The ranch is located northeast of Amarillo, in Lipscomb County, in the Panhandle. Operation Cow Thief (designed to capture those responsible) had an original reward of $1,000, however, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Ben Eggleston informed the press that Adcock has since added $10,000 of his own money toward the effort. This reward will be given to anyone providing information that leads to an arrest or indictment of those responsible for the theft. Any information which is provided is kept completely confidential. “Any theft, but especially one of this magnitude, can just be devastating to a rancher. If you know something about this crime, please come forward so we can help him recover those animals,” Eggleston told khou.com. Tips can be called in anonymously at (888) 830-2333.