By Kristine Galvan
If the theory of survival of the fittest proves true, it makes sense to expect modern crimes emerging from modern times- from cyber identity theft schemes to ATM 'smash and grabs' and armored car robberies, thieves have *had* to get creative to say in the game.
But over the few years, Texas authorities have seen a significant increase in thieves recycling a historically glamorized crime, straight from the days of 'the old west.'
Only in today's world, investigators are now tracing some of the cattle rustling profits made from reselling the stolen loot to drug buys.
This is how Special Ranger John Bradshaw described it when it first started trending again a few years ago.
"You get 100 percent of what the cow's worth at the time at the market place," he said in a 2009 interview. "It's not like stealing a TV and getting 20 bucks."
That concept pretty much still rings true today. The difference: the price of cattle is higher now which reflects on most of our grocery bills, and also makes stealing far more attractive for a thief. In keeping with the modernization trend surrounding the crime, we used social media to get a better grasp.
According to a spokesperson for the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, cattle rustling reports are up 40 percent this year alone. That's bad for ranchers, some of whom were forced to reduce their herds by up to 35 percent or completely sell off due to the drought of 2011.
"Guys have sold at 400, 500, 600 dollars a cow," one rancher said at an auction last year. More....