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2 accused of cattle theft in Mississippi Co.

Ronnie Dale Moreland (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department) Ronnie Dale Moreland (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department)
Leslie Elaine Moreland (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department) Leslie Elaine Moreland (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department)
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A man and woman from Mississippi County face felony livestock theft charges.

Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore says the investigation began Wednesday evening when a county resident contacted Chief Deputy Charlie Marcum to report a dozen longhorn steer, sheep and goats stolen from his business.

The sheriff's department notified regional livestock markets of the thefts. Through that process, they learned Ronnie and Leslie Moreland had allegedly sold an assortment of livestock in central Illinois the day of the theft.

Ronnie Moreland had borrowed a livestock trailer the day of the theft, according to the sheriff's department. 

Sheriff Moore says the animals sold by the Moreland's were stolen from the Mississippi County business.

Authorities found Ronnie and Leslie Moreland and property connecting them to the burglary in their possession, according to the sheriff's department.

Ronnie and Leslie Moreland were arrested and taken to the Mississippi County Detention Center.

Ronnie Dale Moreland, 53, and Leslie Elaine Moreland, 34, both of East Prairie, MO, are charged with burglary 2nd degree and 12 counts of stealing livestock.

The pair also faces misdemeanor charges of stealing property valued at less than $500 and trespassing, 1st degree.

Their bonds were set at $75,000, cash only.

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