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QUANAH, TEXAS - A serial cattle thief was indicted Wednesday on a first degree felony charge by a Hardeman County grand jury. Carl Wade Curry was arrested in April on six different charges relating to cattle theft, including theft of 420 head in Hardeman County. The charges could send Curry to prison for life.

Curry was arrested by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers after an informant made an anonymous tip to the association's Operation Cow Thief hotline. 

Through Operation Cow Thief, informants can receive a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and/or grand jury indictment of individuals for theft of livestock or related property.

In 2009, more than 7,400 head of cattle were reported stolen or missing to TSCRA authorities. TSCRA reported 6,400 in 2008 and 2,400 in 2007.

"Both cattle and property theft continue to be a problem in Texas," said Larry Gray, TSCRA executive director of law enforcement. "The good news is that, with the public's help, TSCRA Special Rangers are able to track down most thieves. Thanks to a new Texas law, those thieves are spending more time behind bars."

During the 81st Legislative Session, Texas lawmakers passed a law increasing the penalty for cattle theft from a state jail felony to a third degree felony. That law went into effect in September 2009.

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.