Deputies: Cattle rustlers caught on red light camera | News
Auburndale, Florida -- Deputies in Polk County say they were able to track down a pair of cattle rustlers when a red-light camera caught them with their stolen livestock.
On December 12, Ed Harvey Davis reported a number of his Hereford cattle had gone missing from his pasture near Polk City.
About a week later, investigators were forwarded a red light camera violation that occured in Haines City.
The red light camera captured a white 1989 Dodge pick-up truck pulling a Gooseneck livestock trailer. The tag on the truck was registered to the suspect, 37-year-old Andres Trujillo, while the tag on the trailer was later determined to be stolen.
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The trailer was carrying cattle with colors and markings of the Hereford breed. It was determined the suspect was traveling towards the southern livestock markets.
Around the same time, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office was investigating a theft of cattle with the exact description of the suspect truck and trailer. Polk detectives contacted their counterparts in Pasco and learned that a second suspect, 29-year-old Yoinel DeVera-Gutierrez sold stolen cattle in a separate investigation.
Detectives contacted the Okeechobee Livestock Market Auction and retrieved video that showed seven cows were sold at the auction on December 12, 2011 under the name of Yoinel DeVera for $3,798.21.
The owner of the stolen cattle in Polk County reviewed the auction video and positively identified them as his cattle.
Both suspects were also identified in a bank video surveillance camera cashing the check after the sale.
Trujillo was already on probation for a previous theft of livestock. Tampa Police arrested him on Tuesday when he showed up at the Hillsborough County Probation and Parole Office for the Polk County cattle thefts.
The second suspect, DeVera-Guiterrez, was located and arrested Wednesday in Columbia County.
Both Trujillo and DeVera-Guiterrez are currently charged with Grand Theft of Livestock and Dealing in Stolen Property. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.
10 News and the Polk County Sheriff's Office