By Andy Cordan
SPRING HILL, Tenn. - Cattle rustling is a growing problem as cattle prices have never been as high as they are now.
A Williamson County rancher recently had 25 quality steers stolen off of his farm in Spring Hill.
Cows are now fetching between two and three dollars per pound at the market, and each cow weighs between 800 and 900 pounds.
This means Chad Roland is now out over 50 grand.
“Yes, they are at an all-time high,” he said, “and they are pretty valuable."
The theft took place around Oct. 7 when someone drove onto Roland's farm on Beechcroft Road and loaded up 25 of his prized steers.
Works at the construction site across the street witnessed the theft, which took the suspects two trips.
“We have a visual on the trailer,” Roland said. “It was a greyish, four-door dually with a white, faded out pip stock trailer, goose neck, traditional with the open side with pipe bars in it.”
Roland, who is also a local pastor at the New Life Baptist Church, has a message.
“I want to offer $2,500 cash reward for anyone who can help break this case,” he explained, “or whoever has done this come to me and repent, confess. Come straight.”
Roland said he would show them mercy, but if they have to dig them out, he isn't going anywhere and he is going to get to the bottom of this.
“This is serious,” he added. “I can't afford to take this kind of hit. It just crawls all over you. Someone needs to come forward.”
Roland said neither his fence or gate was cut, leading investigators to believe it could be someone familiar with him or his operation.
Spring Hill police is working the case. Anyone with information should contact them immediately at 931-486-3269 or Maury County Crime Stoppers at 931-381-4900. Video.