By Jo Ann Lawrence
Strathcona County RCMP have laid charges of fraud and theft of cattle against a 57-year old man from Ardrossan.
The investigation into the cattle rustling began almost three years ago. The Strathcona County RCMP and the “K” Division Livestock Investigation Section, along with Livestock Identification Services have laid 14 charges against Howard Schneider of Ardrossan.
Police received the original complaint in March of 2009 when a livestock producer told police he was missing 138 head of purebred Angus Cattle which he believed had been illegally taken and then sold. Constable Wally Henry of the RCMP says there are still 84 head of cattle unaccounted for and the investigation into the missing bovines is continuing.
Howard Schneider has been charged with 14 counts of fraud and theft related offences and one count under the Livestock Identification and Brand Inspection Act for transporting livestock out of Alberta without inspection.
Schneider has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.
Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to contact the Strathcona County RCMP at 780-467-7741 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2000.00 for information leading to an arrest in this matter. You do not have to reveal your identity to qualify for an award.