Man charged with cattle theft following investigation

11th Nov 2020

A man has been charged by Rural Crime Investigators in relation to the theft of cattle from a property near Glen Innes earlier this year. On Wednesday 2 September 2020 police from the New England Rural Crime Prevention Team were called to a property at Newton Boyd, after four cleanskin calves were discovered to be missing by their owner.
Inquiries were commenced which eventually led investigators to speak to a 55 year old man who was known to the owner. On Wednesday 9 September 2020 police recovered four calves which were found to have been earmarked, branded and castrated. They were later reunited with their owner.
Following an extensive investigation the man was issued with a Court Attendance Notice on Thursday 5 November 2020 for the offence of ‘Steal Cattle’. He is due to appear at Glen Innes Local Court on December 16th.
Rural Crime Prevention Team North West Zone Coordinator, Detective Sergeant Bennett Nolan, emphasised the importance of victims reporting matters at the earliest stage possible, stating “This investigation involved Rural Crime Investigators from New England and Coffs/Clarence Police Districts conducting enquiries at numerous properties in the Newton Boyd and Grafton areas, including obtaining samples for DNA analysis from more than 60 cattle from four different properties. It is just one example of the lengths that we will go to ensure that rural crime is thoroughly investigated and the results that can be achieved when stock theft is reported promptly.”
Anyone with information about those responsible for stock theft can report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000