NE Kan. man accused in theft of cattle panels

Wichita Police (KSN File Photo)

HOLTON, Kan. (AP) – A northeast Kansas man is accused of stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of cattle panels from a farm in rural Hoyt.

Jackson County deputies arrested the 32-year-old Mayetta man on Wednesday.

Sheriff Tim Morse says the theft occurred sometime after June 20. Investigators later obtained a photo of a man believed to be the suspect with the missing panels at a Topeka scrap yard.

The man is accused of taking 23 cattle panels, which are used for pens and corrals, along with a gate and a frame. The loss to the farmer was estimated at more than $4,000.

Authorities also impounded a 1989 pickup truck they believe was used in connection with the crime. The sheriff says that’s part of a new tactic to help deter metal thefts.

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