Wapello County sheriff seeks 27 stolen cows

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — The Wapello County sheriff’s office is investigating the apparent theft of 27 cows near Ottumwa.

Wapello County Sheriff Chief Deputy Don Phillips tells the Ottumwa Courier (http://bit.ly/Z1xI8z ) the cattle were stolen sometime during a four-month period during the winter. The farmer who owns the cows was at a hospital during part of that time.

The farmer told the sheriff’s office Wednesday that when he did a head count, he noted 27 were missing. The cows were valued at about $850 each.

Phillips says evidence shows someone had been in a fenced area where the cattle were located.

Investigators have called several sale barns but haven’t been able to find the cattle.

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Information from: The Ottumwa Courier, http://www.ottumwacourier.com

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