‘I didn’t think I was going to get them back,’ Oklahoma man tracks down stolen cattle

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GUTHRIE, Okla. - Logan County authorities are looking for an ambitious cattle rustler after $30,000 worth of livestock were reported stolen from a local ranch.

William Seay looked everywhere on his ranch, but his cattle were nowhere to be found.

Horse trailer tracks were the only evidence left behind.

“I’ve known other people to lose them and they’ve never seen them again,” says Seay. “I didn’t think I was going to get them back.”

He took matters into his own hands by driving around and looking for any sign of them.

“I actually found them myself. I did my own footwork and I found them,” says Seay. “I drove onto this property and my cows started mooing for me. Right away, I could see that they were mine.”

He found 25 of his 30 cows stolen by what Logan County authorities think is an ambitious cattle rustler.

Chief Deputy Rich Stephens, with the Logan County Sheriff's Office, says, “A normal guy might bring a horse trailer, a two-horse trailer, load two or three cows in it and be gone. But stealing 30 cows takes a pretty big effort and a lot of machinery to get it done.”

Although most of Seay's cows are now back in his possession, he says the heist was devastating to two of his baby calves.

“They took them from their mother and stuff and they were quite young and they couldn’t fend for themselves. So more or less they were just in distress,” says Seay. “We tried but there wasn`t much we could do after they had got so sick, and I lost them.”

He says he'll cherish the cows he has left and never let them out of his sight.

“They were happy to come back home too,” says Seay. “I’m going to do everything I can do to protect them.”

Logan County authorities say the culprits will face one count of grand larceny for every cow stolen.

No arrests have been made but officials say they have a lead on a suspect.

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