DECATUR, Texas - The search for four suspects in a cattle theft ring could be over. The final suspect, Heath Berend Roe, 35, turned himself in to Wise County authorities Friday.
The Decatur man was charged with cattle theft, accused of stealing 25 head of cattle from a Decatur rancher in January 2011. Roe posted a $10,000 bond Friday and was released from jail.
He is the 4th and final suspect of a team of cattle thieves accused of stealing cattle and selling them at auction markets in Gainesville, Texas, and Waurika, Okla.
Dustan Fennell, 28, his wife Alina Fennell, 32, and Travis Walker, 28, all from Decatur, were arrested April 2012. Fennell pleaded guilty and received 6 years in prison.
TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw investigated the case with Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Agent Michael Hooper. Bradshaw said the suspects could face up to 10 years in prison if they are convicted.
TSCRA is a 135 year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. It has more than 15,000 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members.