COMBES, TX - An arrest was made Thursday in a cattle theft that occurred in March. The cattle were recovered in March at the local auction barn.

Juan Quesada was arrested in Combes, Tx and transported to the Cameron County jail.

According to Jim Wells County Livestock Investigator Aubrey Harper, Cattle Ranger Joe Aguilar made the arrest after a lengthy investigation that started when Quesada allegedly stole six young heifers and sold them.

Harper discovered the cattle at the auction barn on South Highway 281 on March 20 during a routine stop. The cattle were reported stolen to the Harlingen Police Department.

Through the investigation Harper discovered that the man who sent the cattle to the local auction barn bought the cattle in Harlingen with no knowledge of the livestock being stolen.

The cattle owner was able to identify them through photographs. The animals were not branded or tagged, and had a total value of $2,550.

Harper urges ranchers and farmers to brand or tag their livestock for cases such as this one. Only about 96 percent of livestock, if branded, are ever recovered.

The investigation is ongoing.