LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WZDX) - Approximately 80 head of cattle have been stolen from farmland in the western part of Lauderdale County, including heifers and calves.
The thefts have all taken place between the time of November 2012 and June 2013 according to the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office.
"Some calves go for $500 a piece and some heifers would probably sell for $1,500 or $2,000 a piece," said acting Sergeant Brett Martin when discussing the motive for such a crime. And the theft is not necessarily an easy one to pull off.
"They have either cut a fence or gone in or they have knocked the lock off a gate and gone in and taken the cows they needed, and the put the gate back up so the other cows didn't get out," he said.
So far five different owners have lost heifers, calves, or both. Much of the livestock has been taken from farmland off County Road 2. The thieves turn around and sell the stolen heifers for a hefty profit without much risk of being found out.
"Its not like out in the old wild west where the farmers would brand their cows," said Martin. "Some of the cows may have tags in their ears, plastic tags, but those can be easily removed."
The victims are not only losing their earning potential when these cows are stolen, but also all the time and money spent raising the livestock and ensuring that they remain healthy.
"It's a huge loss for them, huge loss."
So far no bulls have been stolen. If you have any information about who may be committing these crimes you are asked to call the Lauderdale County sheriff's Office at 256-760-5757.