Oklahoma man charged with 44 counts of cattle theft

On Feb. 28, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Cody Hyde, arrested Jason Don Price, 41, of Roff, Oklahoma, on 44 counts of larceny of livestock. Price allegedly stole cattle that had been put up for sale at the Southern Oklahoma Livestock Auction in Ada, Oklahoma.

The investigation began in January 2024 after representatives from SOLA contacted the TSCRA with concerns about cattle stolen from the auction between January 2023 and February 2024. Hyde said the sale barn owner indicated one or two animals would go missing at a time from the pens at the facility, but they were never seen on the surveillance camera leaving the property.

 According to TSCRA, evidence shows Price forged documents that listed his girlfriend—who says she has never owned cattle—as the owner of the animals. Price would allegedly then put them back up for sale at the same auction. The sale barn owner was familiar with Price, as he was formerly employed at the business until he was terminated for allegedly stealing scrap metal around the time the cattle were stolen.

“Mr. Price is alleged to have done this 11 separate times in 2023, selling 44 stolen steers, cows and heifers,” Pontotoc County District Attorney Erik Johnson said. “The total loss to SOLA was $47,223.74.”

Price, also known by his nickname, “Bacon,” was released on $50,000 bond, but is set to make another court appearance April 9. Those with knowledge of Price’s illegal activities or any of his co-conspirators are advised to call Hyde at 918-315-2925.

Lacey Vilhauer can be reached at 620-227-1871 or [email protected].