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Two cattle theft suspects surrender to authorities
COLDSPRINGS -- Two San Jacinto County suspects turned themselves in Sept. 9, after they were accused of stealing three head of cattle from a San Jacinto County rancher. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Brent Mast led the investigation. TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Belt assisted.
Joshua Sykes, 38, and Crystal Richardson, 33, are each being held on a $25,000 bond in the San Jacinto County Jail.
According to Mast, Sykes and Richardson sold the cattle Aug. 24 at the Navasota Livestock Auction. The cattle were branded with the victim’s brand. The cattle were recovered a few days later and returned to the owner.
“These cattle were branded, which made them easy to spot,” said Mast. “We constantly remind ranchers that branded cattle are the quickest to track down and recover in the event that they are stolen.”
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