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3 February, 2022

Appeal for public assistance – Recent cattle thefts on Atherton Tablelands.

Detectives from the Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) are seeking information from the public regarding the suspected theft of two separate lots of cattle from Atherton Tableland properties.

Two large Brahman steers were reported as having gone missing from a rural property on Wongabel Road sometime in the past six months.

A further two Charolais heifers were reported missing from an address on East Barron Road, last seen shortly after the new year. 

Investigators suspect the animals have been stolen by offenders using some form of livestock transport such as a truck or secure trailer. 

All animals have been described as being in very good condition, which suggests the motivation for their suspected theft may have been for slaughter and consumption. 

Members of the public are asked to report any knowledge of the thefts or any unregulated sale of beef in the region, or suspicious behaviour around rural properties. 

Police are also asking livestock owners to be vigilant and mindful of securing access to their properties and loading facilities.

Reports can be made to the Mareeba MOCS (Rural) office directly on 4030 3321 or reports can be made anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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