Someone is stealing cattle from a Houston-area pasture, HPD says

By Rose-Ann Aragon - Reporter, Cory McCord - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - More than a dozen head of cattle have been stolen from a Houston-area pasture, according to Houston police.

On April 20 around 5 p.m., police said a suspect stole four head of cattle from a pasture in the 6700 block of Madden Lane, in southeast Houston.

Since the theft in late April, there have been four more additional thefts of livestock in the same area, police said, resulting in more head of cattle being stolen.

What a victim said

"You just know because you count everything every day," cattle owner Junious Williams said.

Williams was devastated when he saw that five of his eight cattle were taken from his pasture this summer.

He said it cost him about $3,000.

"Makes you want to get out of the business," Williams said. "I saw the gate. The lock on the gate had been removed."

Williams said whoever took his animals knew what to do, and knew where to go.

"Brought them to the front and run them back to the arena back there. Once they got them in there, then you just back them up to the gate," Williams said.

While police reported 13 stolen, Williams said he knows of more.

"My other friend of mine lost 20 head, so that's $10,000," Williams said.

What's next

Williams hopes that someone is able to give police information to find who did this.

"I hope they catch them and stop them from doing it," Williams said.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477). A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered.

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