Local man indicted for stealing $60-$70K worth of cattle
A local man was recently indicted by the Limestone County grand jury on two counts of cattle theft. Investigators say he was stealing and selling calves from his employers to a total of $60,000-$70,000.
TJ Cordova was indicted in March on two counts of cattle theft under $150,000 and is now free on $20,000 bond.
Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson stated they opened an investigation after receiving a call from one of his employers that some of his cattle were missing.
Cordova was stealing mostly lightweight calves and selling them at various livestock auction houses in the area over a period of time. He is accused of taking young cattle that didn’t belong to him and disposing of them at sale barns before the owner knew. Since all the cattle were sold and there’s no way of recovering them.
Wilson says the court and attorneys involved are currently trying to settle on the amount of monetary restitution to be paid to the ranchers.
The Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association assisted in the investigation