By Chris Kick
The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with a string of cattle rustling believed to have spanned two years or more.
Jack B. Callahan, 42, of 9097 Gilmore Road, Gnadenhutten, and David B. Hernderson, 24, of 16615 state Route 93, Kimbolton, were jailed July 2.
Callahan is being held on a felony theft charge, with bail set at $30,000.
Jeff Moore, detective with the sheriff’s office, said some of the stolen cattle were being held at Callahan’s place. Six head were returned to their owners, while as many as 40 have been taken and likely sent to auction.
His biggest lead came March 20, when some cattle were reported stolen around 2:30 a.m. He followed up with local livestock auctions, and discovered one auction had received a delivery at 4 a.m. — unusually early.
“It all started adding up together,” he said, adding that all the thefts occurred in the early morning hours.
The Gardner family, which farms near West Chester, was one of the farms that had cattle returned after the arrests. Richard Gardner III said a bull, a couple cows and a calf were returned to the farm. More....