New England rural crime detectives issue public appeal after stock thefts at Lynhurst, near Armidale, and Nullamanna and Elsmore near Inverell

Public appeal: Rural crime detectives are urging anyone with information on the theft of the stock to come forward. Photo: Mark Jesser
Public appeal: Rural crime detectives are urging anyone with information on the theft of the stock to come forward. Photo: Mark Jesser

RURAL crime detectives are appealing for public help after more than $60,000 worth of stock and sheep were stolen from four farms in the New England.

Investigators have released ear tag IDs in a bid to track more than 200 sheep taken from Lyndhurst, north-east of Armidale.

The 2015-drop Merino Ewes were mustered and drenched on February 15, and during a muster six days later, more than 200 were found to be missing from the mob.

“Further mustering, checking of paddocks and inquires with neighbours have failed to locate any sign of the missing sheep,” Detective Senior Constable Gavin Berry said.

Further mustering, checking of paddocks and inquires with neighbours have failed to locate any sign of the missing sheep.

Detective Senior Constable Gavin Berry

“All have an ear mark in the bottom of the offside ear being two Swiss crosses. They would have had eight months wool on them and are fine wool sheep.” 

The sheep are believed to be worth more than $24,000. Meanwhile, detectives are hoping someone might have seen suspicious activity in or around Rickeys Ln or Emmaville Rd at Nullamanna.

Police said 21 Hereford and Hereford-cross Angus, with a price tag of more than $30,000, were stolen from a property off Rickeys Ln.

The cattle were accounted for in December when they were weaned but the cattle were noticed missing during a muster on March 1.

The majority of the cattle were red and white with a handful of black and white cattle in the mob.

It follows the theft of 35 Merino Ewes from Elsmore, east of Inverell. The 18-month-old sheep are station bred, and marked with two vertical splits in the offside ear.

Meanwhile, rural crime officers are still appealing for information following the theft of cattle, last year, in the Northern Tablelands.

The two Angus-cross cows were taken from a property off the Emmaville Rd at Pindaroi, north east of Inverell.

The cattle were all accounted for in April, 2016, when they were weaned. Police said the cattle were mustered in September and the numbers were down. Further mustering and checking of paddocks have failed to locate any sign of the missing cattle, valued at approximately $2,800.