A Carbon County man, who stole cows from a local farmer then sold them for the beef at a Lancaster County business, was placed on probation Monday in the county court but ordered to make a substantial restitution.
Alan Chris Beck, 46, of Evergreen Drive, Lehighton, Mahoning Township, was placed on probation for three years by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.
Beck previously pleaded guilty to one count of theft, as a felony three, before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb. At the time Webb said, "We don't get cattle rustling cases too often these days."
Beck admitted taking eight cows from the farm of Carlin Troxell on June 2, 2009, and then selling them at the New Holland Sales Stable, in New Holland. Township police said he sold four of the cows and received $2,407.13 and then sold the remaining four for $2,296.30 at the same site.
At the plea hearing defense Atty. Gerald Barr said Beck had given Troxell a check for $10,000 to help cover the loss. At the time of the plea Webb deferred sentencing because there was a dispute over the value of the animals.
Webb said at the time he understood that the use of the cows does impact substantially on their value. At the time Assistant District Attorney Michael Greek said the defendant sold the cows for beef but the owner used them as dairy cows.
Yesterday Barr told Nanovic that his client has agreed that the value of the cows was $14,400 and he had already paid the victim $10,000. He said when he was confronted about the thefts, Beck admitted his involvement and moved quickly to make restitution and paid the $10,000 to Troxell. He said the case had been delayed because the adult probation office was charged by the court to determine the value of the cows.
Nanovic agreed that Beck has cooperated with authorities and has been willing to repay Troxell for his loss.
Nanovic ordered that the remaining restitution of $4,400 must be paid by Nov. 31. He further ordered Beck must perform three hours of community service per month while on probation, supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, pay a fine of $1,500 and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation.
Thomas M. Drum, 36, of Tamaqua, was sentenced to serve 90 days to five years in jail on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI)
Drum was arrested on June 6, 2009, along E. Patterson St., in Lansford. Given a test, the results showed the presence of a controlled substance.
Drum was involved in a hit and run accident which caused damages to two parked vehicles.
Nanovic ordered Drum to make total resitution of $3,300 to the two victims, pay a fine of $2,500, license suspended for 18 months, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on parole.
Drum reported to the prison at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, to begin his jail term. He was granted work release privileges and the term runs concurrent with a DUI sentence he is currently serving in Schuylkill County.