South Dakota officials have made an arrest in connection with the February theft of 29 black and red heifers from a farm in Moody County.
The Moody County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Division of Criminal Investigations and the Department of Corrections arrested Joshua Nygaard for one count of Grand Theft which is a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years in the state penitentiary and/or a $20,000 fine and one count of 3rd Degree Burglary which is a Class 5 felony, punishable by up to 5 years in the state penitentiary and/or a $10,000 fine.
The case stems from an incident that occurred on February 7, 2018, where Nygaard allegedly went to an unoccupied farm place and loaded 29 head of cattle and took them to the Mitchell Livestock Auction company where he sold them on February 8, 2018.
Nygaard is being held at the Minnehaha County Jail on a $10,000.00 cash only bond, as well as a detainer issued by the Department of Corrections. He is currently on parole.
The Moody County Sheriff’s Office gave a huge thank you to the Mitchell Livestock Auction Company for their assistance in the matter, the Department of Corrections in the cooperation with both the Moody County Sheriff’s Office and the Division of Criminal Investigations. Sheriff Troy Wellman said “this is a perfect example of what can be accomplished when private citizens, businesses, and law enforcement work together.”