2 arrested for local cattle theft

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Exeter, Purdy men charged with receiving stolen property

An Exeter man and a Purdy man were arrested recently for allegedly being in possession of cattle stolen from a home on Farm Road 1017 in late July.


According to Mick Epperly, Barry County Sheriff, Hunter Kester, 19, of Exeter, and Trevis Schoelzel, 18, of Purdy, are each facing charges of receiving stolen property.

On July 26, Deputy Dave Ruark was dispatched to the home on Farm Road 1017 for a possible cattle theft in progress. When he arrived, the reporting party said someone had parked in their neighbor's driveway, and they knew the vehicle did not belong there.

When the neighbor went to check on the vehicle in the driveway, they noticed a truck with a stock trailer sitting down the road from the house. When they drove by the trailer, a man was sitting on a horse outside of the trailer, and when the neighbor approached the truck and trailer, the man rode the horse into the trailer and the truck took off with the man still on the horse.

The neighbor noticed that the fence by the trailer had been cut and that cattle had possibly been taken.

Ruark made contact with the property owner, who said he had one calf missing. On Aug. 1, an Exeter Sale Barn employee contacted the sheriff's office about a calf brought in by Schoelzel and Kester. The calf had the same ear markings the property owner uses, and he was contacted and identified the calf as his.


Deputy Randy Kalbaugh was notified by the sale barn that Schoelzel had returned to collect his money, which is when he and Kester were arrested.

DNA from the property owner's livestock has been sent to a lab for positive identification, which can take some time, Epperly said. Epperly also said additional charges may come later as more evidence is gathered.

Schoelzel met a bond of $4,500 on Aug. 3. He has a disposition hearing set for Sept. 10 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

Kester also met a bail of $4,500 and has a preliminary hearing set for Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Carr Woods.

Receiving stolen property is a class C felony.

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