Farmer nabs alleged cattle rustler at local auction
If you thought cattle rustling had been relegated to the dustbins of Old West history along with wagontrains and gunfights at the O.K. Corral, think again. On Friday, a Mount Sidney farmer was missing five of his Hereford head, so, on a hunch, he went to a cattle auction at the Staunton Union Stockyard later that day, to see if he recognized any of the bovines up for bid. According to the Staunton News Leader, it was here he allegedly found his neighbor David Fitzgerald of Fort Defiance trying to sell the looted livestock. Augusta County sherriffs charged Fitzgerald with grand larceny and he is now free on a personal recognizance bond.
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