ODAFF announces arrest of man accused of embezzlement of cattle
A suspected cattle thief was taken into custody Feb. 24 as a result of the combined efforts of Oklahoma Agriculture, Food, and Forestry Investigative Services agents, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force, the Oklahoma Department of Insurance and two county sheriff departments.
Alan Gammon was arrested March 1 at approximately 6 p.m., at a Durham, Okla., ranch by the Roger Mills County Sheriff's department, said Col. Mike Grimes, Director of the ODAFF Investigative Services Division. Gammon was wanted for the theft of cattle from Murray County.
"This is a case that involves a man who was given the responsibility of taking care of another person's ranch and livestock and later selling cattle that didn't belong to him and keeping the money," he said. "When the owner returned and discovered some of his cattle were missing, the suspect went on the run.
"He is essentially a gypsy cowboy and moved from ranch to ranch making it very difficult to locate him," Grimes said. "We are very grateful for the cooperation and assistance we received from other law enforcement agencies and appreciate the working relationship we have with them."
Authorities had sought Gammon since last May and only this week learned that the suspect was hiding in Roger Mills County. Grimes said his department was afraid Gammon would run again if he learned law enforcement officials had located him so they asked the county sheriff's department to make the arrest.
"They had him in custody 30 minutes after we made our request," he said. "He will now be extradited to Murray County where we will question him about some other cases in which he is a suspect."
Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture, Terry Peach, said the ODAFF Investigative Division has developed into an exceptional law enforcement agency and has solved numerous cases of agricultural theft and arson.
"Last night's arrest is a perfect example of not only our agency's law enforcement capabilities but of the spirit of cooperation and assistance among our investigators and law enforcement agencies statewide," he said. "They are truly working to make Oklahomans and their property more secure."