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Berkeley County man accused of selling another man's cattle

October 14, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 39-year-old man accused of selling a man's cattle and pocketing the money was arraigned Monday on one count of grand larceny in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Robert Mitchell Boyd of Bunker Hill, W.Va., was released on personal recognizance after Magistrate Jim Humphrey set a $10,000 bond, according to court records.

Boyd is accused of selling at least five animals between June 2006 and May 2007 when he was a caretaker of Mill Creek Farm in Bunker Hill, according to a complaint filed by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy Lt. D.S. McGown.

Boyd likely benefited from the sale of two other animals at a livestock auction allegedly by his girlfriend, McGown said.

The buyers of the animal provided statements to police indicating that the defendant claimed they were his cattle to sell.

McGown said in his complaint that Boyd failed to provide paperwork that he claimed in a phone interview with the officer would provide proof the cattle sales were done with the owner's knowledge and as part of an agreement on farm operations.

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The owner claimed that the defendant took a Black Angus bull, four cows and eight calves, but McGown said he could not determine that some of the missing animals were sold by Boyd or his girlfriend, according to the officer's complaint.

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