NACOGDOCHES — The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that an arrest has been made in a recent cattle theft that occurred last week within Nacogdoches County. Jerome Heath Novak, 32 years of age of Pearland, TX was arrested this morning at his home in Brazoria County by the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office and Investigators with the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers’ Association in conjunction with the theft. A total of 36 head of cattle valued at approximately $20,000.00 were recovered, 28 of which had been taken from the Nacogdoches Livestock Exchange. Novak was also found to have been in possession of a stolen livestock trailer that had been reported missing from Walker County. He is also a suspect in several additional recent cattle thefts throughout South Central and East Texas. He is currently in the Brazoria County Jail on $150,000. bond.
Tracking down Cattle Rustlers is most often associated with law enforcement efforts from years gone by but these thefts prove that livestock are still valued commodities among thieves. While the methods for committing such thefts may have changed over the years the impact of those losses to our farmers and ranchers is still just as devastating. We are glad to have this case solved and we greatly appreciate the cooperation and hard work that we received from the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers’ Association and the Sheriff’s Office in Brazoria County.
Sheriff Thomas Kerss
Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office