By Kelly Kazek
DEKALB COUNTY, Alabama - Authorities here are seeking the culprits who stole at least 50 head of cattle in three separate incidents, along with farm equipment, and shot two cows on another farm, Sheriff Jimmy Harris said.
A reward of $5,000 is being offered for the information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people involved with two thefts on County Road 58 in the New Harmony community, and rewards of $2,500 are being offered in a separate cattle rustling incident and the shooting of two cows, Harris said.
"The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office and the state Law Enforcement Agency Agricultural and Rural Crime Unit are working hard together on these cases," Harris said. "So if anyone has any information or sees anything out of the ordinary of cattle been moved or transported please call DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, or your police department with the information."
Contact special agents Ira Jay Whitehead at 256-603-9032 or Tim Mathews at 256-845-0465 with Alabama Agriculture and Rural Crime Unit or Investigator Craig White at 256-845-3801 with DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.
Harris said the farmer reported 35 cattle were stolen May 13, including 20 cows weighing between 1,000 and 1,200 pounds each and 12 to 15 calves, weighing between 100 and 200 pounds each.
The Brangus cattle are black or brown and a few have white faces. They may have a yellow tag with numbers below 100 in the right ear and that ear may also be notched.
Harris said a second theft occurred at the same home May 23 or May 24. That time, three cattle, nine calves and a John Deere Gator tractor were stolen.
On Sunday, three more cattle were stolen from another farm in the Whiten Community on County Road 58. The cattle are black baldy heifers weighing from 600 to 750 pounds. They have numbered, yellow Z tags in left ear. Tag numbers are 1311,1312 and 1313.
A reward of $2,500 is being offered for the information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people involved with Sunday's theft.
Also on Sunday, authorities received a report that two head of cattle were found shot on County Road 458 near Fort Payne.
A reward of $2,500 is being offered for the information in the case of the cows that were shot to death.