Accused cattle thief arrested in Fayette County

ROUND TOP, TEXAS - A man wanted on a felony cattle theft charge in South Dakota was arrested in Fayette County on Thursday, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) said.

Nicholas Tooker, 37, was arrested in Round Top after an investigation by TSCRA Special Rangers. The association said Tooker was previously arrested in Canyon Lake in March on a warrant out of Oklahoma “after a lengthy search.” In that case, TSCRA said Tooker was charged with one felony count of using a bogus check, which led rangers to a separate felony warrant from Hamlin County, S.D.

“Too often we see cases where cattle thieves operate in multiple states or across state lines in a misguided attempt to hide their crimes,” said Special Ranger Mike Barr. “Rest assured, we are well equipped to work with our counterparts across the country to bring cattle thieves to justice wherever they may hide.”

Tooker was arrested without incident by Fayette County authorities and taken to the Fayette County Jail. TSCRA said he is being held without bond, pending extradition to South Dakota to face a felony charge of grand theft of cattle.

“Further charges may be filed as the investigation progresses and additional information is revealed,” TSCRA added.

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