An investigator with the Kingman County Sheriff’s Office is trying to find out who stole four baby calves from a ranch this week.
The case is one of several active cattle theft investigations across Kansas.
Investigator Dustin Cooke says cattle thefts have increased in the last few years, and the crime is hitting ranchers hard.
"It’s a high dollar theft," he says. "Higher dollar than a car sometimes."
Cooke says the missing calves are valued at about $400 a piece right now and will triple in value in six months as they grow.