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Jones County Man Charged with Stealing 18 Cattle

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NEAR MARTELLE, Iowa - A Wyoming, Iowa man has been charged with theft after law enforcement said he stole a herd of cattle from a farm, four miles east of Martelle, Iowa.

Sunday the 7th of July, Myron Ehresman and his wife were doing chores when they noted their herd was a bit thin.

"Some cattle were missing and we noticed that the gate behind us was not in the right position," said Ehresman pointing to a livestock barricade.

Things were looking suspicious to the couple. The evidence seemed to point to theft, so they checked their security video. Sure enough, they spotted a cattle crook who, over two nights that weekend, took a total of 18 animals, valued at more than $30,000.

"He backed a trailer up, swung the gate open, chased them on the trailer, shut the gate and drove away," said Ehresman.

Ehresman contacted the Jones County Sheriff's Department. With the help of the video, authorities said they identified the thief as 42-year-old Barry Bieber of Wyoming. He's been charged with 1st degree theft, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Authorities said cattle theft can be common. It happens a few times a year in Jones County. So don't think this investigation is whipped. It could get beefier.

"We are going back and pulling up old cases and seeing if we can make any kind of connection to any previous cases that we, or any other counties, may have had," said Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver

Myron's cattle were found safe at a nearby sale barn. He was happy to have his property back, but not sure how to feel about the capture of the alleged crook.

"I'm very glad that we found him," said Ehresman. "I just hope and pray that the punishment he receives is sufficient that he'll change his ways."

Bieber will make his first court appearance Wednesday morning at the Jones County Courthouse.

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