$10K worth of cattle reported stolen in Trousdale County
HARTSVILLE, Tenn. -
The Trousdale County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case of cattle rustling in Hartsville, Tennessee, about 50 miles away from Nashville.
The theft of 16 head of cattle occurred on Saturday night after Stetson Holder's father purchased the animals from a feeder sale in Crossville.
"They were brought in on Saturday night, about 10 o'clock and unloaded," Holder said. "They were put in two pens down here in even groups."
According to Holder, while the steer cattle were being held at the family's Trousdale County Livestock Market, thieves made off with the cattle.
"An individual came in here, or individuals, backed up at this particular location, went down and got the exact same cattle out of the pen, loaded them up and left," he said.
Holder told Nashville's News 2 the cattle is worth around $10,000.
"There's insurance to cover stuff, but in this case, the way it was taken, you know, it's kind of open game. Technically we're out that money until otherwise they're found," he explained.
Authorities are continuing to search for a vehicle of interest which was captured in surveillance video.
"It appears to be a white regular cab dually pickup somewhere between a '99 and 2003 model. We're thinking Chevrolet-general motors type vehicle. It's going to have a 24 foot gooseneck trailer," Sgt. Chaney Wright said.
According to Sheriff Ray Russell, cattle rustling is occurring more often nationwide due to the value of the animals.
"Beef is high," he said. "You go into the grocery store and consumers can see how much it's gone up and they're getting higher."
Authorities said the missing cattle are marked with sale tags on their backs. The sheriff's office has asked nearby livestock markets to be on the lookout for the stolen cattle.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Trousdale County Sheriff's Office at 615-374-2114.