Two men were arrested Monday in connection with the theft of two bulls from a Coryell County rancher.
James Anthony Manning, 29, and Dylan R. Robinson, 21, both were ordered held on $10,000 bond each, charged with theft of livestock.
Robinson also is held without bond on an unrelated motion to revoke his probation on an earlier theft.
Special Texas Ranger Marvin Wills, with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raiser’s Association, along with deputies from the Coryell County Sheriff’s office, began an investigation after a TSCRA member reported two bulls had been stolen and later sold at auction, Wills said.
Wills said the bulls strayed onto a neighbor’s property and were penned, but at some point they disappeared from the enclosure.
The bulls were sold at a livestock auction more than 80 miles away from Gatesville.
They were not branded but had very distinctive markings which helped the owner identify them, Wills said.
“While we were able to identify these bulls by their specific markings, that is not always the case,” Wills said.
“It is important for ranchers to brand (their livestock) and keep an accurate count on their cattle,” he said.