Agents investigating the theft said they discovered at least 43 of the steers were sold at Atoka Livestock Auction from September through October. Rushing wrote in the affidavit that David Wallace had previously worked for the owner of the land but was fired in September. According to the affidavit, Rushing spoke with Smith on Oct. 22.
“Under Miranda, Smith confessed that he did steal steers from Heflin/McCoy Ranch and was accompanied by Wallace,” Rushing wrote. “Smith explained how it was Wallace’s idea since Wallace had worked on the ranch and had a key to the gate. About two or three months ago, Wallace called Smith asking him to haul some calves for him.”
Smith reportedly said he and Wallace made several trips to Atoka Livestock Auction, hauling “about six to nine stolen steers during each trip to the livestock auction during the months of September and October of 2013,” Rushing wrote.
Investigators reportedly discovered evidence that Smith and Wallace had sold steers in the last few months. They tracked down the steers at various ranches around southern Oklahoma and confirmed they were the missing steers which belonged to Heflin, according to the affidavit.
After speaking with agents, Smith reportedly disappeared until he turned himself in Tuesday.