Investigators ID Tioga trainer accused of horse thefts
TIOGA, Texas (KTEN) — The Grayson County Sheriff's Office has identified the man who is accused of stealing horses and thousands of dollars.
Capt. Marty Hall told KTEN that Landen James with Majestic Ranch in Tioga is a rodeo trick horse trainer who offers his services to horse owners.
The sheriff's office has received nearly 20 complaints about James from people in several states.
"It felt like we were drinking from a fire hose," Hall said. "The complaints were coming in — I think we took 11 in one day — so the calls are coming in quite rapidly."
Hall added that the callers claimed that James may have sold the same horse or horses multiple times and collected payment for those animals, never delivering them.
Hall said investigators have reached out to James, but have not received a response from him. Landen James has not been charged with a crime.
"At this time, this case is still under investigation and is extremely fluid," Hall said in a written statement. "Rangers from the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association are assisting with the case."
Some victims who spoke with KTEN claimed that they paid James for a horse they never received.
Hall said other suspects could be identified during the investigation, and that the total loss to alleged victims could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Anyone with pertinent information is asked to contact investigator Robert McCrary at [email protected].