Deputies receive cow tip, man in custody

Show calf Lilly and Ruby a red-colored goat were reunited with their owners. Harold Hancock is being held in Moniteau County Jail on suspicion of stealing livestock. (MGN Online)

A man is in custody for allegedly stealing livestock.

Harold Hancock of Fortuna was arrested after law enforcement found a goat and a show calf in his possession.

The calf was originally reported missing Sunday, according to the Moniteau County Sheriff's office. The cow's owner told authorities someone had entered their property the previous night and stole Lilly the show calf and about 300 pounds of feed.

Shortly after the incident, Lilly's owner called deputies to say they had found their calf near their home in an enclosure on another property.

Deputies arrived to the area and found a red-colored goat that matched the description of Ruby, a missing goat.

Authorities tried to make contact with the people inside the home for almost an hour until one person came out. The resident identified as Hancock came out and became very aggressive toward deputies, according to a news release. The 35-year-old was detained at the scene.

The calf and goat were then identified by their owners as Lilly and Ruby, though their ear tags had been removed.

Deputies obtained a search warrant and also found several other items that were stolen such as feed, tools and an electric fencer.

Hancock was taken into custody on $40,000 bond on suspicion of stealing livestock. He is being held at the Moniteau County Jail.

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