Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Theft of 17 calves from Stearns, Todd and Douglass Counties has been under investigation since Nov. 26. Thursday, Dec. 2, the Stearns County Sheriff's Office received information on the location of the 17 stolen calves from these three counties. The caller had heard of the thefts through the extensive media coverage and provided information to investigators that led them to the rural Rothsay and Barnesville areas in Wilkin and Clay Counties.
Investigators from Stearns and Todd Counties were assisted by deputies in Wilkin County and they were able to recover all of the cattle reported stolen over the past two weeks. The calves were turned over to their owners. Deputies arrested Jesse Ronsberg, age 19, of Rothsay, who was booked into the Wilkin County Jail on the theft charges. The juvenile, a 16-year old boy from Barnesville, was also arrested and released to his parents.
Investigators will forward the case to the local County Attorneys for prosecution on theft and burglary charges.