61-year-old man facing cattle theft charges

A 61-year-old man has been charged over the alleged theft of cattle in the Southern Highlands.

Police have been told that 54 head of cattle were stolen from a property on Old South Road, Mittagong between May 15 and 18.

“The owner – who had the cattle on agistment at the property for five months – went to inspect the cattle and discovered them missing,” NSW Police said in a statement.

“Rural Crime Investigators attached to the Hume Police District attended the property and commenced an investigation.”

The stolen cattle were later found at a property in Vineyard. A 61-year-old man was arrested and taken to Southern Highlands Police Station, where he was charged with steal cattle. The cattle have been returned to their owner.

He pleaded guilty via AVL in Moss Vale Local Court yesterday and will appear before the same court on June 22.

Detective Sergeant Damian Nott from the Rural Crime Prevention Team says reporting missing cattle early is vital in locating and returning them to their rightful owner.

“This outcome was the result of an early report to police, resulting in the cattle being found and returned quickly.”

“The Rural Crime Prevention Team has the capability to respond right across the state, so anyone doing the wrong thing will eventually get caught and be dealt with under the full force of the law – which may include time in custody.

“Farmers and landholders who believe their stock may have been stolen should contact local police in the first instance. Reports can also be made to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” Det Sgt Nott said.

Anyone with information about rural crime incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.