Mason County Man Arrested for Theft of Livestock
MASON, TX- A Mason County man was arrested for theft last Thursday, March 9th, as result of an investigation by Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers (TSCRA) Special Rangers.
TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin C. Wills conducted the investigation.
In October 2015, the suspect, Jim H. Schmidt, 34, of Mason, Texas, purchased sheep and goats from a Hamilton, Texas, sale barn.
According to the TSCRA press release, the livestock was paid for with a bad check that totaled more than $46,000.
A warrant for Schmidt’s arrest was issued as a result of the theft and investigation. Special Ranger Wills caught up to Schmidt in Goldthwaite, Texas and took him into custody. He was booked into the Mills County Jail and later released on a $50,000 bond.
“This arrest has been several years in the making, and just goes to show our relentless pursuit of livestock thieves here in Texas,” Wills said.
According to the press release, Schmidt is facing a third degree felony, punishable by two to 10 years in state prison and up to a $10,000 fine