The Pryor Times

November 9, 2013

Cattle theft suspect caught in Coalgate

PRYOR, OK — Pryor Times

Special Agents with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry were searching Coalgate for wanted cattle thief Larry G. (Snag) Smith, Jr. on Oct. 31. During the manhunt, agents conducted surveillance at a residence in Coalgate that is often a hangout for Smith. They were watching a vehicle parked in front of the home when the vehicle fled from the house at a high rate of speed. Agents pursued the vehicle approximately six miles west of the city.

When agents got the vehicle stopped, the occupant of the fleeing vehicle was identified as David Wallace from Atwood. Wallace is one of two suspects in the investigation regarding the theft of 99 head of cattle. The other suspect is Smith.

Agents had been working with the Pontotoc County District Attorney's Office and Wallace's attorney to have him surrender on Nov. 1 at the Pontotoc County District Court, regarding an arrest warrant for stealing cattle. When Wallace was apprehended, he indicated he did not intend to surrender to authorities, and he had no attorney.

Agents arrested Wallace for the theft of cattle belonging to Jet McCoy that occurred the first week of October in Allen. He was booked into the Pontotoc County Jail. Wallace is facing charges for cattle theft and conspiracy. Smith is still wanted in Pontotoc County for the same charges.

Special Agents with the law enforcement section of ODAFF are available to investigate livestock theft in every county of the state. Cases may be reported to 405-522-6102.