Botched brand helps authorities lasso Garvin County cattle rustlers

Thieves fail in attempt to use homemade branding irons to conceal theft in Garvin County.

BY PHILLIP O’CONNOR Published: April 19, 2013
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PAULS VALLEY — A bad job with a branding iron could help solve a recent cattle theft.

Edward Heath McCoy, 32, of Maysville, is being held in the Garvin County jail, accused of stealing six cows then using a makeshift branding iron to attempt to cover the existing brands. More arrests could follow, Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes said.

On March 31, Ryan...

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