St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces arrest of cattle thief William James Boyer
Accused cattle thief William James Boyer, 51, is behind bars in Indian River County after an investigation by the St. Lucie County Agricultural Crimes Unit, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
"We have charged Mr. Boyer with grand theft for leasing a pasture he didn't own," Sheriff Mascara said. "We also charged him with stealing four calves that he sold even though he did not own them."
The Sheriff said detectives need additional information to find another 45 stolen calves and cows in the case, which remains under active investigation. "Anyone with information should call our Agricultural Crimes Unit at 772-462-3213," Sheriff Mascara said. " Mr. Boyer is confined under $50,000 bond at the Indian River County jail, and we are continuing our investigation of his activities."
Indian River County deputies Wednesday arrested Boyer at a construction site where he worked after receiving case documents, including arrest warrants, from St. Lucie County Sheriff's Detective Rick Stuhr, who is investigating the case.
Back in May, Boyer contacted Lazaro Caballero of Okeechobee, asking if Caballero wanted to graze cattle on land Boyer said he owned. In reality, Boyer didn't own the land, but Caballero didn't know that and paid Boyer $3,500 to place cattle on the property for one year. Boyer insisted on being paid in cash, the investigation determined.
In July, Caballero hired Juan Menendez of Okeechobee to have the pasture mowed, and Menendez arranged for his employee Juan Carlos Perez to do the mowing, according to Detective Stuhr's investigation.
Perez, thinking Boyer had the authority to sell the cattle on the pasture, bought four calves for $600. Menendez also thought the cattle were under Boyer's control.
When Menedez asked Caballero if he could buy more calves, Caballero became suspicious and contacted the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office. That's when the investigation began.
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William James Boyer, arrested for cattle theft
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