111 cattle reported stolen or missing in McPherson County

Elisa Sand
esand@aberdeennews.com

The McPherson County Sheriff’s Office and South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation are investigating a series of potential cattle theft cases involving 111 missing animals.

Four different producers have reported loses from pastures in the county in the last two months, according to a news release from McPherson County Sheriff Dave Ackerman.

The first report of 46 lost, missing or stolen cows and calves was on Oct. 29, according to the release. The bull calves have a white tag on the right ear. The heifer calves have a white tag on the left ear. The cattle belong to Bruce Mack of Leola.

Three additional reports were made last month:

  • On Nov. 5, 23 steers were reported lost, missing or stolen. The livestock are varied in color but have a brand on the left hip. They belong to Ron and Tater Hins of Huron.
  • On Nov. 18, 39 head of cattle were reported lost, missing or stolen. They include 12 Hereford cows, five black Angus cows, 11 black-and-white faced calves and 11 black calves. The calves are not branded. The livestock belong to Delbert Leonhardt of Mansfield.
  • On Nov. 27, three black Angus cows, all bred and branded, were reported lost, missing or stolen. These belong to Jason Hammrich of Aberdeen.

The recent reports add to cattle thefts reported in McPherson County in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, 19 calves were reported missing. In 2017, 11 cows were reported stolen.

People who have information should call the McPherson County Sheriff’s Office at 605-439-3400 or email the sheriff at mcphersonso@valleytel.net.

Tips leading to the conviction of anybody connected to stealing branded livestock, might be eligible for a reward, according to the release.