DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Two brothers have been charged in recent cattle thefts in the southern portion of DeKalb County.
David Grant Fulmer, 28, of Collinsville, and Eddie Ray Fulmer, 31, of Albertville were arrested Wednesday morning and booked in the DeKalb County Detention Center.
David Fulmer is charged with two counts of Theft of Property 1st. Eddie Fulmer is charged with two counts of Theft of Property 1st, receiving Stolen Property 3rd, and promoting prison contraband — he allegedly had a knife in his waistband when he was booked.
Additional charges are pending, according to Sheriff Jimmy Harris.
Harris says some stolen property has been recovered, including some of the cows, and they’re working to find out where others were sold. Some of the cows have been returned to their owners.
The arrests came about as a result of teamwork between the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Crime Unit.
“We are glad to get these guys,” said Sheriff Harris. “The farmers were getting very protective and were concerned about something happening. It is hard to imagine how these people feel to have what they work so hard for taken from them. I understand how they feel because I have farmed most of my adult life. I hope this will stop the problem in the New Harmony community.”
Sheriff Harris said between Between May 13-24th, his office received a call that about 50 head of cattle, along with a John Deere Gator and other farm equipment were stolen from County Road 58 in New Harmony.
The Sheriff said he believes the Fulmers are responsible for thefts in other DeKalb County communities as well.
“We have had a very busy weekend and this helps us close 2 very important cases this week. We have 2 bank robbers and 2 cattle thieves in jail and we are continuing to work these and other cases,” said Harris. “I appreciate all the help we received on this case from the Agriculture Rural Crime Unit. These investigators are very familiar with these types of thefts and have contact all over the South to track cattle and livestock movements. This is another case of working together with all available resources to solve crimes.”