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Milton Cattle Theft has Business Looking for Justice

Reported: Mar. 25, 2014 10:20 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 26, 2014 9:22 AM EDT
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Milton, W. Va. (Sean DeLancey) - A Cabell County business is looking for justice after a bizarre theft leaves it $14,000 in the hole.

Andy Nelson, owner of Andy's Custom Meat, said early Monday morning, someone stole 10 head of cattle from his slaughter house.

Nelson said he's so fed up with crime in the area, he is offering a $1,000 reward to whoever comes forward with information that leads to a conviction in the theft.

Rick Stepp, business manager, said this alleged crime is something he never saw coming.

"This has never happened before, and you can contact other butcher shops. It's just not a common thing anymore. People don't do it," Stepp said.

Nelson said he's now having to lock the cattle pins with a chain and padlock. It's something he said he's never had to do in his 15 years of ownership.

Nelson said the cattle weighed anywhere between 700 and 1,000 pounds a piece. The profit from those cattle would have been between $11,000 and $14,000.

He says he won't let his customers bear the weight of that cost though, and plans to pay for it through his insurance policy. He says If the policy won't pay, it will come out of his pocket.

"They've stole from six different people, that's what it amounts to. But it's my place, I'm liable, I've got to make it right and I will," Nelson said.

The Cabell County Sheriff's Department is conducting an investigation into the thefts at this time.



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