Louisiana Man Accused of Cattle Theft in Texas
QUITMAN, Texas — Justin Glenn Thompson, 40, of Hineston, Louisiana, was arrested Wednesday on a felony cattle theft indictment out of Cass County, Texas.
Special Rangers of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and Wood County deputies made the arrest at the Wood County Courthouse. Thompson was booked and later released on a $40,000 bond.
Thompson was previously arrested in Louisiana and extradited to Texas on three cattle theft indictments in Wood County. The latest brings his total to four, with more possible.
All four current indictments are the result of an ongoing six-month investigation by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Brand Inspectors.
The latest indictment goes back to April when TSCRA Special Rangers Bo Fox and Larry Hand met with a Cass County rancher who sold cattle to Thompson. According to Fox, who led the Cass County investigation, the rancher was led to believe Thompson was purchasing cattle on behalf of a bonded feeding operation in Louisiana, Strain Feeders.
Thompson purchased and took possession of more than $56,000 in cattle in December 2018. He paid the rancher with a personal check, but it was returned due to insufficient funds. Thompson wrote two additional checks, both of which also bounced.
The rancher finally contacted Strain Feeders and was informed that the cattle Thompson picked up at his Cass County ranch in December were repossessed due to nonpayment for cattle purchased by the rancher from Strain Feeders.
The investigators found reason to suspect that Thompson falsified invoices to Strain Feeders showing he sold the cattle to the victim when he had not. Thompson then purchased cattle from the victim under false pretenses. Investigators believe Thompson falsified information to earn additional compensation from Strain Feeders.
TSCRA would like to especially thank Special Rangers Bo Fox and Larry Hand, LDAF Brand Commission Inspectors Scott Perry, and Jessie Bellard, the Cass County District Attorney’s Office, Wood County District Attorney’s Office, and Wood County Sheriff’s Office for their tremendous contributions to the investigation and subsequent indictments.
If convicted on all four charges, Thompson could face 32 years in prison, up to $40,000 in fines, and restitution to the victim.
TSCRA’s previous news release on Justin Glenn Thompson can be found here.
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.