Cattle theft report draws attention from state crime unit


Michael Gilmore, Great Bend Tribune (KS)

Jan 6, 2022


LARNED — Arrests are anticipated by the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office Friday, as part of an ongoing cooperative investigation with the state Livestock/Brand Investigation Unit, Pawnee County Sheriff Scott King said Thursday afternoon.


The multi-agency, multi-county investigation picked up speed this week after a suspicious cattle transaction was first reported early last December.


“We’ve accelerated our schedule,” King noted. “We were able to move faster by working together.”


The state unit (a joint effort between the Department of Agriculture and Attorney General’s Office) was alerted Dec. 10, 2021, after officials at La Crosse Livestock Market reported suspicious activity. According to the report, an individual brought a load of cattle in for sale on Dec. 9, then bought them back the next day.


The state authorities then requested PCSO take the lead on the investigation on Dec. 12, King said. A state investigator was then tasked to work in tandem with PCSO officers as the investigation progressed.


On Thursday morning, King said he would meet with the special investigator all day. Arrest warrants are likely to be generated and served sometime Friday, King said.


The investigation continues, the sheriff said.


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