By Joe Mizer
The seizure of six beef cattle and arrests of two men at a Gnadenhutten-area farm Tuesday “certainly has broken the cattle rustling ring in this area,” said Detective Jeff Moore of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Department.
Jack B. Callahan, 42, of 9097 Gilmore Road, and David B. Henderson, 24, of 16615 state Route 93, Kimbolton. Both remained in the county jail Tuesday night.
Callahan is being held on a felony theft charge, after bail was set at $30,000 ($3,000 cash) in Tuscarawas County Court in Uhrichsville. Henderson is being held on a probation violation charge from Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court.
Moore said the search warrant that was served Tuesday at Callahan’s farm is a culmination of an investigation into reports of cattle being stolen from area farms in Tuscarawas and Coshocton counties over the past 18 months to two years.
Moore said the investigation is ongoing, and there may be additional charges involving others. He noted that there have been five reported incidences of cattle thefts involving about 40 head.
The six cattle recovered Tuesday, including a black bull, were identified by their owners and returned to them. Moore said those cattle were stolen from the Westchester area in separate incidences in early March and March 20.
Two other beef cows were found dead at the farm and had been pushed over an embankment.
He said Callahan told authorities that one of the dead cows might have been shot, but he didn’t know how the other one died. More....