By Randy Mitchell
State agents arrested a man Thursday wanted for allegedly stealing and selling cattle from a ranch in Pontotoc County. Agents continue to search for an alleged co-conspirator.
David Lynn Wallace, 48, Atwood, was arrested by agents with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry on suspicion of larceny of domestic cattle. Agents suspect Wallace and another man, Larry Gene Smith Jr., 48, Atwood, stole nearly 100 head of cattle.
Wallace appeared on camera before Judge Steven Kessinger Friday where his bond was set at $500,000. He did not enter a plea.
ODAFF issued a press release Friday which said while watching a residence in Coalgate Thursday, a known hangout for Smith, the release said, a man jumped in a car and sped away.
“When agents got the vehicle stopped, the occupant of the fleeing vehicle was identified as David Wallace from Atwood,” the release said.
According to an affidavit filed by ODAFF Agent Ricky Rushing, the cattle were reported missing in early October by Jet McCoy, who is the caretaker of the cattle, owned by Randy Heflin. Heflin had 179 steers weighing between 500 and 700 pounds on land leased near Allen, according to the affidavit.
Agents investigating the alleged theft said they discovered at least 43 of the steers were sold at Atoka Livestock Auction from September through October. Rushing wrote in the affidavit that Wallace had previously worked for the owner of the land, but was fired in September. According to the affidavit, Rushing spoke with co-conspirator Larry Smith Oct. 22. More....