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Cattle theft suspects may have had help

WELLINGTON, FL (WFLX)  Only two cows are all that remain in Patrick Wilson's pasture in Wellington. The beef cattle owner said there were six others that were stolen from the property on the morning of October 2.

"It looked like they knew what they were doing," he said, speaking of the suspects.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is looking for two men between 18 and 22 years old. Investigators said the pair pulled up to the ten acre property in a black pickup truck that had a silver trailer in tow. Wilson said the suspects busted through a locked fence and began herding the cows into the trailer. Two cows managed to evade the suspects and bolted out toward the intersection of 50th Street South and 120th Avenue South.

The cattle owner says that these two suspects may have had help from an unlikely source - good Samaritans who happened to be passing by as this alleged crime was being committed. Wilson said several people stopped their vehicles and unknowingly helped the suspects load up the cattle, which have a combined value of more than $18,000.

"They didn't know they were stealing the cows, no. They just thought they were helping them do a good deed by helping them getting them on the trailer," said Wilson.

Wilson posted pleas for help around the property, but there still has not been a break in the case.

"If someone comes up with six cows somewhere and I can identify them, then yes I can get my cows back," he said.

The first Wellington suspect is described as a black male between the ages of 20 and 22. Investigators said he is clean-shaven, with a medium build, and weighs between 150 and 170 lbs. The second Wellington suspect is a white male between 18 and 20 years old. The white male is 5-foot-11 and skinny, with short light brown hair and acne on his face. The sheriff's office is also looking into recent cattle thefts in Loxahatchee. Anyone with information about any of these thefts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.

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