Found this interesting...especially since it happened in my county!
...accused of stealing calves from an Erath County dairy last year pleaded guilty Monday in the 266th Judicial District Court.
Sergio Garcia Alvarado was sentenced to 12 months in a state jail facility and ordered to pay restitution after pleading guilty to theft.
Alvarado was arrested last year after he was linked to a stolen dairy cow by DNA evidence — a story that unfolded like a television crime show.
Investigator Bob Gonzales with the Erath County Sheriff’s Department said seven Holstein calves were reportedly stolen from the Schouten Dairy in September 2008.
He said Alvarado tried to sell the calves two days later at the Erath County Dairy Sale barn, but authorities could not prove the stolen calves belonged to the Schoutens. The Schoutens agreed to pay for a bovine DNA test to help identify the missing calves.
Gonzales said samples were taken from the suspect calves and from the Schouten’s stock, then analyzed at a California lab. One calf was a positive match.
“We’re opening new doors for these sorts of cases,” Gonzales said. “It’s the first case where the suspect was arrested based on bovine DNA.”