WEST LAFAYETTE — The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of cattle as two cases were reported in the past week in Oxford Township.
A report was made by Pat Patterson on Nov. 19 that 16 head of black angus cattle had been stolen from his farm on Oxford Township Road 5. Sheriff’s officers responded to the call and took photos showing truck and trailer tracks at the site where the cattle were stolen.
A second report came on Nov. 20 from Lester Sharrock of Township Road 261, also in Oxford Township, that four black angus and two herefords were taken from his property. Sharrock had reportedly been out of town and received a call that the gate to his pasture was open. Sharrock reported the theft when he returned home, and officer Mark Sharrock responded and took photos showing similar tire tracks of the incident at the Patterson farm.
“We’re increasing our patrols in that general area,” said Coshocton County Sheriff Tim Rogers, noting that there had been another incident of stolen cattle in western Coshocton County in 2011. “We’re doing the normal investigative work trying to contact stockyards and meat packers.”
Although there are no leads, Rogers believes the same suspects are involved in both cases.
He encourages area residents to keep any eye open and to call the sheriff’s office about any suspicious activity.
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