Two Arrested for Stealing a Calf
Two Arrested for Stealing of a Calf
On July 26, 2015, Deputy Dave Ruark was dispatched to 15261 Farm Road 1017 for a possible
cattle theft in progress. When Deputy Ruark arrived, the reporting party stated that someone had
parked in their neighbors driveway and they knew the vehicle did not belong there. When the
neighbor went to check on the vehicle in the driveway, they noticed a truck with a stock trailer
sitting down the road from the house. When they drove by the trailer a man was sitting on a
horse outside of the trailer. When the neighbor approached the truck and trailer, the man rode
the horse into the trailer and the truck took off with the man still on the horse. The neighbor
noticed that the fence by the trailer had been cut and that cattle had possibly been taken.
Deputy Ruark made contact with the owner of the property and the cattle, Ronnie Maloney.
Mr. Maloney stated that he had one calf missing. On August 1st, Jr. Gallion owner of the Exeter
Sale Barn and a worker at the barn contacted Deputy Randy Kalbaugh about a calf that was
brought in by Travis Schoelzel and Hunter Kester for the sale, the calf had the same ear markings
that Ronnie Maloney uses on his cattle. Mr. Maloney was contacted and he positively identified the
calf. Deputy Kalbaugh was notified by the sale barn that Travis Schoelzel had returned to the sale
barn to collect his money. 18 year old Trevis Wayne Schoelzel of Purdy, MO and 19 year old
Hunter Wade Kester of Exeter, MO were arrested. Detective Doug Henry is working the case.
DNA from Maloney's livestock has been sent to a lab for positive I.D. , which can take some time.
At this time, both men have been charged with Receiving Stolen Property and a bond of $4,500
cash or surety has been set. Sheriff Epperly states that additional charges could come down
as we gather more evidence.