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Published on Feb 1, 2012
Polk County Sheriff's Office Agriculture detectives identified two suspects responsible for the December grand theft of cattle from a pasture in Polk City.
On December 12, 2011, the owner of the cattle, Ed Harvey Davis of 805 Braddock Road in Auburndale, reported a number of Hereford cattle missing from his pasture located near the intersection of Mt. Olive Road and Berkley Road, near Polk City. As a part of its investigation, the Sheriff's Office sent out a Crime Stoppers bulletin requesting information about this case.
On December 19, 2011, PCSO Reserve Sgt. Tim Glover forwarded a red light camera violation that occurred at approximately 2:59 a.m., on Hwy 27 and Holly Hill Road in Haines City to PCSO agriculture deputies. The red light camera captured a white 1989 Dodge pick-up truck pulling a Gooseneck livestock trailer. The tag on the truck was registered to the suspect, Andres Trujillo, DOB 6-26-1974, of 914 E. Paris Street in Tampa. The tag on the trailer was registered to Orlando Perez of Tampa. Mr. Perez is an innocent victim whose license plate was stolen by Trujillo.
The trailer was carrying cattle with colors and markings of the Hereford breed. It was determined the suspect was traveling towards the southern livestock markets.
Around the same time, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office was investigating a theft of cattle with the exact description of the suspect truck and trailer. PCSO detectives contacted the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and learned that a second suspect, Yoinel DeVera-Gutierrez, DOB 6-24-1982, of 388 East 55th Street in Haileah, sold stolen cattle related to a Pasco County investigation.
Detectives contacted the Okeechobee Livestock Market Auction and retrieved video that showed seven cows were sold at the auction on December 12, 2011 under the name of Yoinel DeVera for $3,798.21. The victim of the Polk County case, Mr. Davis, reviewed the video of the cattle sold and positively identified them as his cattle.
Both suspects, Yoinel DeVera-Gutierrez and Andres Trujillo, were also identified in a bank video surveillance camera cashing the check after the sale.
Trujillo was arrested on December 19, 2011 on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation (Grand Theft of Livestock—this was a previous case where he also stole livestock) in Tampa. He was in the Hillsborough County Jail from December 19 through December 27, 2011. Trujillo was released and re-instated on Community Control pending a court hearing scheduled for February 15, 2012 in Marion County.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., yesterday, on January 31, 2012 Trujillo was in the lobby of the Hillsborough County Probation and Parole Office. The Tampa Police Department was contacted by PCSO deputies and Trujillo was arrested for an outstanding warrant for the Polk County Cattle thefts.
Yoinel DeVera-Guiterrez was located today, February 1, 2012, in Columbia County and has been arrested on a warrant for cattle theft.
Both Trujillo and DeVera-Guiterrez are currently charged with Grand Theft of Livestock and Dealing in Stolen Property. This investigation is on-going and additional charges are expected.
"We take cattle rustling very seriously in Polk County. Our Ag crimes detectives did an outstanding job running down leads and bringing these two men to justice. These thieves are now in jail, where they belong." --Sheriff Grady J