5 pregnant cows stolen from Clermont pasture

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LAKE COUNTY, Fla. —

Clermont police are looking to wrangle some cattle rustlers who stole five expensive Angus cows from a peaceful pasture on the edge of town.

Authorities say the thieves cut a hole in a fence and took the cows – all of which are pregnant.


The cattle owner's neighbor, Joe Torez, told WFTV's Karla Ray that he suspects the cattle were stolen for their value.


"Food, I guess, and to make a profit,'' Torez said. "I don't know. I really have no idea. We really have had no problem out here before.''


The five missing cows are worth an estimated $7,500. They are part of a herd of 36 cows owned by the cattleman.


Clermont police are working with state wildlife officers and the Lake County Sheriff's Office to try and figure out what happened to the cows. The owner says they have marks that will make them easy to identify if they're found.