Polk Co. man charged with stealing cattle
CLEVELAND, BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- A man has been arrested and charged with stealing nearly a dozen cows from a pasture in Bradley County.
Rustled from his 500 acre farm, Sam Lowery lost half his herd in broad daylight.
"There were 11 calves and one cow taken," said Sam Lowery.
The cattle were moved from Lowery's pasture on July 12th.
Four days later Lowery realized they were gone when he discovered his gate was bent.
"They had been moved around so they could load easier," said Lowery.
Police say Dustin Hutson took the cattle and sold them to brothers Lee and Edward Millsap.
Edward Millsap had his suspicions when he made the deal, but says it was a woman with Hutson that convinced him the buy was legit.
"She said they aren't stolen or anything like that," said Edward Millsap.
A few days later the brothers saw an article in the local newspaper about a dozen missing cows.
"He did the right thing," said Bob Gault with the Bradley County Sheriff's Office, "he called us and said the cows I purchased may actually be the stolen cows."
Lowery knew the cows were his.
Hutson was arrested, leaving the Millsap brothers out $3,000.
"It's a miracle in it's self," said Lowery, "I mean how many honest people do we have left? This guy knew he was going to be out $3,000."
The Millsaps say they are not heroes, just raised to do the right thing.
"I still don't know if I'll get my money back but I feel like someone needed to do the right thing," said Lee Millsap, "it's not right what he done."
Hutson is currently being held in the Polk County jail for probation violation and will be moved to the Bradley County jail following release.