Two Central Texas men arrested in area cattle theft investigations

Johnathan Goleman (left) and Eric Michael Jimenez. (Jail photos)
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FAIRFIELD, Tex. (KBTX)- Two Central Texas men have been charged in connection with separate cattle theft investigations and more arrests are expected, Freestone County authorities said Friday.

Johnathan Goleman of Leon County was free on $10,000 bond Friday after he was charged with theft of cattle/horse/exotic livestock valued at less than $150,000 in connection with a cattle theft reported to Freestone County authorities on March 21, Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said Friday.

A joint investigation by the sheriff’s office and the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association determined the stolen cattle were sold in Longview, Shipley said.

More arrests are possible in the case.

Eric Michael Jimenez, 38, of Oakwood, meanwhile, remains in the Freestone County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling more than $300,000 charged with theft of cattle valued at less than $150,000 and forgery and theft of financial information.

He was arrested in connection with the theft of 13 head of cattle and a stock trailer, which was reported on Jan. 12.

After the theft was reported, the trailer was returned to the location from which it was stolen, Shipley said.

A joint investigation by the sheriff’s office and the TSCRA determined that nine head of the stolen cattle were sold at the Groesbeck Auction and Livestock Barn, Shipley said.