Modern Day Cattle Rustler Put Out of Business by Sheriff Hammack and Company, ONALASKA, July 30, 2008 - On July 23, 2008 the Polk County Sheriff's Office received a complaint from Burkhalter Trailer Sales in reference to a stolen 26 ft. Gooseneck Trailer. The suspect entered the property by cutting and removing the lock. The very next day (July 24), the Polk County Sheriff's Office received a complaint from Bobby Gokey, Jr. in reference to 55 head of cattle stolen from the Onalaska area. The suspect entered the property by cutting and removing the lock. Investigators began to follow up on leads in which Michael David Terry, 41, of Onalaska was seen in the area with a cattle trailer. Onalaska Police Chief, Ron Gilbert, and Sergeant Jason Paske with the Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested Michael Terry at his residence in Onalaska. Terry was caught in possession of the stolen 26 ft. Gooseneck Trailer that was stolen from Burkhalter Trailers. Sheriff Hammack and a team of local law enforcement recovered the stolen property. Also located at the property owned by Terry's family in Trinity County were 20 head of cattle that were stolen from Gokey. Additionally, 10 more head of cattle were recovered in San Saba, Texas, where Michael Terry had sold them. Texas Ranger Ron Duff, Rangers from the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and Trinity County Sheriff's Office assisted the Polk County Sheriff's Office in the investigation.
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