Record Cattle Prices Lead to $800,000+ Theft in WA

Two people have been charged after police busted an alleged cattle rustling network worth hundreds of thousands of dollars operating in the State’s north.

A 43-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman will face Carnarvon Magistrate’s Court next month, accused of stealing then selling 803 cattle — worth about $800,000.

Producers are currently enjoying historic-high beef prices and the rural crime squad has vowed to disband rustling syndicates.

“This is just the start of our ongoing investigation into the theft of livestock and the criminal networks involved in the logistics and profits of these offences,” Detective Sergeant Paul Matthews said.

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