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HOUSTON -  A Katy, Texas, man was arrested Tuesday in Harris County on a third degree felony charge for livestock theft. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers Jimmy Belt and Marvin Wills led the investigation along with the Harris County Sheriff's Office and the Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force.
On May 24, Darko Arbutina, 40, allegedly failed to make payment on 250 sheep and goats worth more than $14,700 from the Hamilton Commission Co., an auction market in Hamilton, Texas.

Prior to his arrest, Arbutina was on probation for felony aggravated assault. He is currently being held on a $30,000 bond at the Harris County jail.

Third degree felony livestock theft carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

Anyone with information regarding this or other cattle thefts should call TSCRA's Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333.

TSCRA has 29 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 133-year-old trade organization. As the largest and oldest livestock association in Texas,  TSCRA represents more than 15,000 beef cattle producers, ranching families and businesses who manage approximately 4 million head of cattle on 51.5 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma. TSCRA provides law enforcement and livestock inspection services, legislative and regulatory advocacy, industry news and information, insurance services and educational opportunities for its members and the industry.