If you thought cattle rustling was left behind in the Wild West, think again. A Brandon man’s pleading not guilty to cattle theft, though he admits he fenced in cows that he knew belonged to a neighbor. 38-year-old Bob Rose says he got tired of the cattle wandering onto his property so he rounded them up and penned them. When the neighbor first spotted some of his strays behind Rose’s fence he thanked him for rounding up the stragglers, but then found he had more of the missing animals. Rose told investigators from the Black Hawk County sheriff’s office he wanted to teach his neighbor a lesson and would have given the animals back. Court records say the heisted heifers were worth more than 10-thousand dollars and the charge in the battle over cattle is first-degree theft.
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