By: Associated Press
June 19, 2017
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Six men have been charged in two separate cattle thefts at a Florida pasture, and authorities are trying to locate eight missing cows.
Polk County Sheriff's officials say four cows and four calves were stolen in April from a Lakeland pasture. Investigators found a fence on the property cut open.
In a Facebook post Friday, sheriff's officials said three men were arrested for grand theft of livestock and dealing in stolen property.
A tip led investigators to one suspect, who sold cattle for $4,000 at an April auction.
In a statement posted Saturday, officials said three other men attempted to steal two calves from the same pasture on June 8. Those men face charges of grand theft of livestock and confining animals without food or water.