- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Law enforcement officials say cattle rustling increased in Oklahoma during 2015, largely due to higher prices.

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association reports 1,645 animals stolen by mid-December, up from 687 in all of 2014.

Association law enforcement director Larry Gray told the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1Z1jPTf ) that at one point in 2015 a 600-pound calf would sell for $2,000 at auction, although he says the same calf might now sell for about $600.

Officials also say cattle provides a thief with exactly what the animal is worth as opposed to selling other stolen items for half their value. And Gray said some think it’s romantic to commit a crime associated with the 1800s.

Rustling is a felony and those convicted face three-to-10 years in prison.

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Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com


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