One Man Arrested in Connection to Stolen Livestock
Moniteau County Sheriff's deputies recently arrested one man in connection to stolen livestock.
On Sunday (July 15), Moniteau County deputies received a report of a stolen show calf on Liberty Road just outside Fortuna, MO. The victim said that sometime overnight, someone entered the property and stole a 150 pound show calf named Lilly. In addition, 300 lbs of feed were also taken.
A short time later, the victim contacted deputies again, who stated he had located the calf just down the road from his residence. The calf was in a temporary enclosure on another property.
Deputies then went to the property to speak with the owner, when they observed goat (red in color) also on the property. The goat, named Ruby, matched the description of one that had been reported stolen on July 7 from Richland Creek Road.
Deputies reportedly attempted to make contact with the people inside the resident for approximately 45 minutes until one subject, 35-year old Harold Timothy Hancock, of Fortuna, finally came outside. Authorities say Hancock became "very aggressive" and he was detained at the scene.
A search warrant was granted and deputies located several other items that had been reported stolen, including feed, tools, and electric fencer. The calf and goat were positively identified by their owners, but noticed the ear tags had been removed.
Hancock was arrested and taken to the Moniteau County Jail for Stealing - Theft of Livestock. Bond was set at $40,000.00.