By Catherine Griwkowsky
Mounties are asking: Where's the beef?
Known cattle rustler Timothy William Flad, 47, of Brownsville, Alta., was found guilty of cattle theft over $5,000, but more than 600 cattle remain unaccounted for.
Flad sold financed cattle and didn't tell the lender, for which he got a year's probation and 100 hours of community service. He was required to pay back $12,000 for the 40 calves he illegally sold -- about half of the cows' worth.
RCMP and livestock inspectors from both Alberta and Saskatchewan worked together on the case.
Flad had been convicted of breach of conditions related to the theft of cattle and was slapped with a $3,500 fine and two years' probation on Sept. 10.
RCMP aren't waiting until the cows come home, and ask anyone who purchased cattle from Flad to call their local detachment or Crime Stoppers.
Cattle rustling remains a problem in the wild west. In June, RCMP charged a Jeffrey Robert McNain, 49, after Unifeed Ltd. was defrauded of close to $1 million.
In February, Mounties wrapped up a two-year investigation and charged Howard Schneilder, 57, with 14 counts of fraud and theft after 138 pure-bred Angus were illegally removed and sold.