Crimetracker: E. Tenn. man charged in cattle-rustling case

SURGOINSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Police have charged an East Tennessee man in a cattle-rustling case.

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Detective David Lafollette said 35-year-old Jonathan David Bundren is charged with theft over $1,000 involving the theft of cattle. In addition, he faces drug charges after deputies raided his home while investigating the cattle theft.

Lafollette said cattle theft is increasing due to the high price of beef.

The arrest came about three weeks after sheriff's department and Tennessee Department of Agriculture began investigating two different cattle thefts in the area -- one involving 12 cows and the other involving two.

Bundren was being held in the Hawkins County jail. It wasn't immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

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