UPDATE, April 1) SALEM, Mo. -- On Friday, the Dent County Sheriff's Department, with help from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol, arrested two suspects for the theft of cattle that occurred at the Salem Livestock Auction in Dent County on Wednesday. The arrests occurred after the thieves' images were shown on television and internet news broadcasts on Thursday.
Manu Te'o, 25, of Waynesville and Eric O'Connell, 30, of Iberia are charged with seven felonies each and are jailed in lieu of $50,000 cash-only bonds. If they're convicted, they could get prison sentences up to four years for each of the seven counts, which include one count of burglary and six counts of theft.
SALEM, Mo. -- Cattle sale barns and stockyards have been urged by law enforcement officers to keep an eye out for thieves bringing in stolen animals to sell. Now, the sale barn here found itself the target of rustlers.
Renee Lauderdale and the crew at Salem Livestock Auction are used to seeing trucks and trailers pulling, dropping off and picking up cattle. Early Tuesday, however, there was a truck making an "unauthorized" pickup. Thieves broke in and rounded up a small herd inside.