Stroud Man Arrested for Cattle Theft
BRISTOW, Oklahoma — Clarence Henry Burger, 49, of Stroud, was charged and subsequently surrendered to authorities on one count of Larceny of Domestic Animal/Implement of Husbandry in Creek County. The charge is the result of an investigation conducted by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier.
According to Perrier, Burger was employed by the victim, an absentee landowner, and cared for the victim’s cattle on a day-to-day basis. In early 2019, the victim began to suspect Burger was stealing cattle from his ranch and contacted Perrier to investigate.
The resulting investigation revealed that between May 2017 and January 2019, Burger had indeed sold seven head of cattle at various stockyards in central Oklahoma. The victim alleged that Burger sold those animals without his knowledge or permission.
Burger was booked into the Creek County Jail following his surrender Aug. 3, 2019, and later released on a $20,000 bond. He appeared in court Aug. 13, 2019, for the initial arraignment.
In Oklahoma, Larceny of Domestic Animal/Implement of Husbandry is a felony, punishable by three to 10 years in prison and significant fines.
Clarence Henry Burger
TSCRA’s Special Rangers are an elite group of law enforcement officers who have extensive knowledge of the cattle industry and primarily investigate cattle theft and other agricultural crimes, though they are well-trained in all facets of law enforcement. In all, TSCRA has 30 Special Rangers stationed throughout Texas and Oklahoma who are commissioned through the Texas Department of Public Safety or Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
The Special Rangers also oversee more than 80 TSCRA market inspectors who collect data, such as brands and other identifying marks on 4 to 5 million cattle sold at 100 Texas livestock markets each year. That information is entered into the TSCRA’s recording and retrieval system, which is a vital tool for law enforcement when investigating theft cases.
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