81 heifers stolen from SA property

James Nason, 15/12/2017

POLICE in South Australia have reported the arrest of a man after 81 cattle were allegedly stolen from a property near Tungkillo, 60km east of Adelaide.

SA Police will allege that a large amount of Santa Gertrudis-cross heifers were put on the property in May. When the owner went to collect them in September, 81 of the animals had been taken.

Murray Mallee CIB detectives said they located 17 were located on Sunday, December 10.  At least 60 head of cattle remain outstanding.

Further investigations led police to the arrest a 52-year-old Tungkillo man on Monday, and he was charged with theft.

He was refused bail and appeared in the Murray Bridge Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Investigations are continuing to locate the remaining stolen cattle.  Anyone with any information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.  A small piece of information could assist and you can remain anonymous.

Operation Poach was introduced by SAPOL in July 2011 as a direct response to the increased reporting of livestock theft across the State. The theft of commercial quantities of livestock has serious consequences for the South Australian primary production sector.

The objective of the operation is to bring about a sustained reduction in overall livestock theft. Expected outcomes of Operation Poach include:

  • identification of the criminal activity and patterns associated with livestock theft within and across country Local Service Area’s (LSAs);
  • investigation and disruption of livestock theft and associated crime;
  • to increase reported livestock crime by report or arrest;
  • engagement with local and other external agencies and community including livestock industry stakeholders in reducing livestock theft, by means of crime prevention and intelligence activities.

Source: South Australia Police





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