Man jailed on charges of cattle theft

HARTINGTON — Michael Schutt, 24, is being held in the Cedar County Jail on four Class III felonies: two counts are for theft by unlawful taking and two are for theft by deception.
The alleged offenses took place from November 2010 through January 2011.

Dale Pelster, Neligh, claims he rented corn stalks from Mike Schutt and delivered 17 head of Angus cattle to a field near Randolph that was either owned or rented by Schutt.
The arrest warrant alleges Schutt then sold the cattle for $12,000. Court records indicate the purchaser discovered two weeks after buying the cattle that they were not Schutt’s cattle to sell.
Court records also allege that Pelster also purchased steer calves from Schutt through an order buyer.
When Pelster went to look at the cattle, the documents allege he was taken to a Randolph area feedlot and then to a place south of Stanton to look at calves.
Pelster issued two checks to Schutt in an amount just over $46,000 for the cattle.
After repeated attempts by Pelster to obtain the calves, Schutt was unable to produce the livestock. Pelster then became suspicious and called the authorities.
Jail records in the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office lists Schutt’s address as Elgin, while the file in County Court shows Randolph as his address.
Schutt’s bond is set at 10 percent of $50,000.
Schutt’s preliminary hearing is set for 11:45 a.m., April 27.