Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Court Date Set For Alleged Cattle Thief

A March 7th court date has been set for a Sparta man, accused of what is essentially an attempt to do some modern day cattle rustling. The Putnam County sheriff's department says 26-year-old Shaun Craig Sherrill of Glade Creek Road was at a farm on Martin Creek Road last week. He had reportedly backed his pick-up to the barn when the farmer found him and held him at gunpoint until authorities arrived. Sherrill claimed that he had been hired to haul cattle from that location, but had no paperwork to confirm that story. He was charged with criminal trespassing and criminal attempt, which authorities say is the attempt to commit what would have been a crime if he had not been caught. The ten cows that were being raised on the farm were valued at nearly ten thousand dollars.