Chicken-Fried News: Cattle rustling

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In the days of the wild, wild West, there were gunslingers shooting in saloons during games of poker, epic gunfire exploding among rivals in frontier streets and cattle thieves victimizing early settlers.

As KOCO.com reported, cattle rustling is a crime that never went away. Col. Jerry Flowers, chief investigator at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, told the TV station about a recent investigation lodged against three men, who are accused of stealing 69 head of Angus cattle from a Tishomingo family.

The southern Oklahoma family is out almost $94,000.

Officials accused Cody Porter, Jesse Hurd and Robert Rulo of the cattle theft, plus about 200 more felony crimes, including taking stolen property.

“These three guys were absolutely on a crime spree and victimizing the agriculture community in Oklahoma,” Flowers told KOCO.com.

There are those who think they can dodge the law, but rest assured the Investigative Services Unit of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry stands ready to investigate livestock theft and pursue formal charges against culprits.

The punishment no longer includes the option of a public hanging on a dusty street like in the Old West days, but jail can be almost as dire.

Print headline: Cattle rustling

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