‘Why is stock theft con­sid­ered a joke?’ asks owner

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­[email protected]­

A MOURA prop­erty owner is of­fer­ing a $50,000 re­ward to help find his miss­ing cat­tle.

Michael Hood said 102 brah­man-drought­mas­ters-im­men­tal cross steers went miss­ing from his prop­erty 50km west of the min­ing town be­tween Au­gust 26 and Oc­to­ber 30.

He has re­ported the theft to po­lice but has now de­cided to take mat­ters into his own hands by of­fer­ing the hefty re­ward.

“Af­ter search­ing all of the prop­erty twice and three dif­fer­ent peo­ple count­ing, we fi­nally con­tacted the stock squad in Rock­hamp­ton .... they have still not started in­ves­ti­gat­ing in the area,” he said.

“If some­body had a $70,000 ve­hi­cle stolen and the po­lice had not started look­ing for it two weeks later, there would be one hell of an up­roar.

“Why is it that stock theft is con­sid­ered a joke?

“I now have ab­so­lutely no chance of get­ting the cat­tle back, or the thieves brought to jus­tice.

“What else can I do?” The cat­tle were in a mob of more than 500 roam­ing across 2,500 hectares.

Mr Hood, 59, who has been a gra­zier and prop­erty owner all of his life, has had stock thefts oc­cur once be­fore.

He lost 30 bul­locks at a Mid­dle­mount prop­erty and he never saw them again.

This is an­other rea­son he has de­cided to put up the large re­ward.

He believes the miss­ing mob were walked off the prop­erty and trucked away.

The miss­ing mob would nor­mally be sold in a few months time to the feed­lots where he es­ti­mates they would fetch $120,000.

“If I got the cat­tle back that are worth more than twice that I am still win­ning .... and if I see the grub who took them go to the jail it would be worth it,” Mr Hood said.

Queens­land Po­lice said it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cat­tle theft.

“The Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice is aware of this mat­ter and has en­gaged with Mr Hood in re­la­tion to his com­plaint,” a spokesman said.

“Due to the re­cent bush­fires in the re­gion, po­lice re­sources were re­quired to be pri­ori­tised, how­ever, the mat­ter is still be­ing ac­tively in­ves­ti­gated.

“The sta­tus of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been com­mu­ni­cated to Mr Hood.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should phone Rock­hamp­ton Stock Squad on 0438 867 491.

CAT­TLE DUFFING: 102 Brah­man-drought­mas­ter-sim­men­tal cross steers are miss­ing from a Moura prop­erty.

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