By Sam Peshek
A Bexar County teen was given two years deferred adjudication Wednesday for a seemingly 19th century Wild West crime that, according to experts, has quietly been making a comeback.
State District Judge Raymond Angelini ordered the probated term for Cameron Hoagland, 19, for stealing six head of cattle from a Northeast Bexar County property in April 2013 and selling them for $4,175.
Hoagland pleaded guilty to the crime last month.
Angelini also ordered Hoagland to serve 180 days in jail for violating the terms of probation for a previous offense.
One of Texas' oldest crimes, cattle rustling — stealing cattle and selling for profit — is still considered by ranchers to be one of the most serious problems they face.
“A lot of people outside the industry think cattle rustling doesn't happen anymore,” said Carmen Fenton, spokeswoman for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. “The perception is that it's just a Wild West thing but it's potentially devastating.”
Fenton said livestock thefts have increased from 2,400 in 2007 to 8,000 last year. More....