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Former police officer breaks into neighbor’s farm to steal cows and sell them at auction

By Mason White 3:27 AM November 26, 2015
Keith Collins 

By: Tanya Malhotra
A former police officer was arrested on a charge of theft after allegedly breaking into his neighbor’s farm and stealing cows at least twice, police in Florida said.

Osceola County police said that they have arrested 53-year-old Keith Collins, after being accused of breaking into the farm belonging to Kevin Whaley and stealing his cows before selling them at an auction.

He was charged with one count of grand theft of livestock.

Collins was booked into the Osceola County Jail, where he is being held without bail. According to the police investigation, Collins went on a crime spree until he found himself behind bars.

The incidents began when Whaley, found that at least one of his calves went missing and found a hole in his fence. Police reviewed surveillance video and concluded that Collins was involved in the robbery.

Collins worked for the Osceola County police for eight years before resigning. Police also learned that Collins sold to cows at an auction.

The cows matched the description of the animals belonging to Whaley. Collins sold the animals for $300. In another incident, Collins was accused of stealing six cows from another farm.

Police officers who arrived at Collins’ home, found him in possession of cows. When asked from where he got them, Collins said that he did work for an old man who paid him with cows.

Collins was arrested and charged with theft of cattle.

In a third incident, Collins was charged with possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and destroying evidence following a traffic stop.

He was denied bail.