JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Two men are accused of stealing cattle from two farms in Benton County.
According to the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), one cattleman reported a theft on Oct. 9.
Wyatt Abbott (left) and DeJames Bolden
The cattleman said someone had cut a lock from a gate and took the cattle from their pasture during the night.
On Oct. 13, at least four “expensive show cows” were stolen from another farm near Hickory Flat, according to MALTB.
During the investigation, MALTB agents and Union County sheriff’s deputies identified two suspects and made two arrests.
Wyatt Abbott, 23, of Myrtle, and DeJames Bolden, 24, of Ashland, are both charged with cattle theft and grand larceny.
According to MALTB, the suspects had no connection or association with the two cattlemen.
“The cattle appeared to be randomly selected by the suspects,” MALTB stated in a press release. “Three of the cows were recovered from a farm in Tennessee, and the other four were recovered from a Union County farm.”
Investigators are working to determine if any other people were involved in the crimes.
MALTB is a law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce.
The cattle have been returned to their owners, said Andy Gipson, the commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce.
Benton County is located northwest of New Albany.