Stolen Show Pigs: Texas Man Indicted on Felony Charge

( Drovers )

Craig Bauman, farmer, rancher and former city council member, is out on bond awaiting trial, following an investigation by Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) that concluded in a Llano County Grand Jury true bill indictment. The felony theft of livestock charge could mean two to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000, TSCRA said in a release.

Bauman loaded two newly purchased show pigs into his trailer at the National Swine Registry’s Southwest Type Conference in Belton, Texas, in the spring of 2018. Later at the World Pork Expo in June, he purchased another pig. 

“He was long gone — and the pigs were settled into their new home — before the checks bounced,” TSCRA said in the release.

Craig Bauman is out on bond awaiting trial following a TSCRA investigation/

After two years of many unsuccessful attempts to recover payment, the Indiana-based National Swine Registry turned to Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Mike Barr for help, the release said.

According to Barr, this wasn’t the defendant’s first run-in with the law. Bauman had previously written bad checks for other livestock but found a way to come up with the fund when TSCRA got involved.

Barr said this is a good reminder you can’t be too careful when selling livestock or property, especially when checks are involved. Good record keeping, like the National Swine Registry maintained, could mean the difference between getting paid or not.

“Unfortunately, crooks are everywhere,” Barr said. “We’re just glad we could help.”

Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s special rangers are an elite group of law enforcement officers who have extensive knowledge of the cattle industry. While they primarily investigate cattle theft and other agricultural crimes, they are well-trained in all facets of law enforcement. In all, the association has 30 special rangers stationed throughout Texas and Oklahoma who are commissioned through the Texas Department of Public Safety or Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

The special rangers also oversee more than 80 market inspectors who collect data, such as brands and other identifying marks on about 5 million cattle sold at 100 Texas livestock markets each year. That information is entered into the association’s recording and retrieval system, which is a vital tool for law enforcement when investigating theft cases.

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