Wagoner County Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Cattle Thief
On 11/01/2021, A Wagoner County citizen contacted the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office to make a report that 15 head of cattle had been stolen from a property in Wagoner County.
The stolen cattle were valued at approximately $15,000. Lt. B. Noble was able to make contact and conduct interviews with multiple witnesses, including an individual who transports, catches, buys, and sells cattle for a living. This individual, who is considered a witness, advised Lt. Noble that he was contacted and made a deal with a female subject, to purchase the cattle with the understanding that the female individual owned the cattle she was selling.
The witness was able to purchase the cattle from the female subject for $8000, which were then hauled and sold at a livestock sale for approximately $10,000. Upon conducting an investigation the female subject was identified as Mamie Cate, a Muscogee Creek Nation citizen. After gathering multiple pieces of evidence in this case, Lt. Noble was able to secure an arrest warrant for felony theft from the Muscogee Creek Nation for Mamie Cate.
On 11/22/21, Lt. Noble and Deputies from Wagoner County Sheriff's Office made contact with Mamie Cate at her residence, where she was taken into custody based on this arrest warrant.
Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott stated "Cattle rustling is still a problem in this state, particularly the rural portions of the state. The number 1 agriculture cash crop in Wagoner County is commercial cattle operations. We encourage anyone that has been the victim of cattle rustling, or any agricultural crime to contact the Sheriff's Office so that an investigation can be conducted. Protecting our cattle producers from crime is a top priority for the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office. This theft is an example of our commitment to protect our cattle producers from cattle rustling."
This is an ongoing investigation. If anyone has any further information on this case, they are encouraged to contact the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office and/or Lt. Ben Noble at 918-485-3124, or the Muscogee Creek Nation Attorney General's Office at 918-295-9720.