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Florida man arrested for stealing bull, trying to sell it

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A man in Polk County is behind bars after deputies say he stole a bull and tried putting it up for sale.

According to deputies, Stewart Smith stole the animal from a neighboring farm and put it up for auction at Cattleman’s Livestock Auction in Lakeland.

The bull’s actual owner, named Kyle, found out when he went to the auction and noticed his own animal was for sale. The bull is a 4-and-a-half-year-old semi-Angus black bull with a white face and Kyle had the pictures to prove it. He’s been raising the bull since it was a calf and knew the animal’s facial markings and ear notch that he has on all his cattle.

Deputies say Smith admitted he knew the bull belonged to Kyle and tried getting in contact with him. However, after not hearing back from Kyle, he assumed it was okay to sell the bull.

Smith has been arrested for grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

In the meantime, the bull is safe and back with its owner.


Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid 20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. it will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.