A cattle rustler who stole and sold dozens of cattle in Kansas and neighboring states faces new charges from an old case, The Wichita Eagle reports.
28-year-old Anthony Whittley was charged in connection to a previous case of cattle rustling. He was originally convicted in federal court in Oklahoma after stealing cattle and selling the in Oklahoma City.
He is now suspected of stealing another eight head of cattle in November of 2018. The stolen cattle were sold at a livestock auction in Arkansas.
The sheriff said he requested the new charges after Whittley was released from federal custody.
“It’s important he be held accountable for each theft he committed in every jurisdiction, which is why we felt it was necessary, despite he being federally convicted of one occurrence in Cherokee County, that he also be charged in state court with the other alleged crime he committed,” Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said in a statement.
Federal court documents show Whittle was connected to four cases of cattle rustling and responsible for the theft and sale of 57 cattle, as well as selling 33 mortgaged cattle that he bought from a loan.