The Rural Crime Prevention Team has released vision and are appealing for information as they continue to investigate the theft of cattle at Glen Innes earlier this year.
Police have established that during the evening of Tuesday 2 March 2021, 25 weaner cattle were loaded into a truck and driven from a location in Glen Innes.
As the truck travelled along Church Street, some of the weaners fell from the truck. Members of the public assisted to herd the cattle to a safe location where police were contacted. It was later discovered that the cattle were stolen.
It is known that the truck travelled north from Glen Innes where further cattle fell from the vehicle. Some of these cattle suffered significant injuries and had to be euthanised.
Detective Sergeant Bennett Nolan from the Rural Crime Prevention Team said cattle theft is a serious crime that greatly impacts the agricultural industry.
“Farmers are recovering from drought and bushfires, with many having lower than normal levels of livestock.
“Thefts such as this can cause a significant financial and emotional impact on farmers, not to mention the fact that the carelessness of those involved resulted in the deaths of several animals.”
“We have released vision and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward,” Det Sgt Nolan said.
Anyone who witnessed this incident, knows the vehicle involved, or has any information about the incident is urged to contact the Moree Rural crime Prevention Team on (02)67570799 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.