Wapello County sheriff seeks 27 stolen cows
OTTUMWA (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 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.