Keith E. Buttenhoff of Lincoln pleaded guilty and was convicted on six counts of felony cattle theft in Lincoln County September 6. Single charges of felony theft and criminal trespass were dropped.
During the early morning hours of November 26, 2015, the landowner reported a cattle theft in progress. A sheriff’s deputy took Buttenhoff, who was driving a Suburban towing a stock trailer, into custody. A joint investigation between Kendal Lothman, head of the Livestock/Brand Investigation Unit with the Kansas Attorney General’s office, and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department later revealed Buttenhoff was responsible for taking several head of cattle from the same property during the month of November. The cattle were sold at a salebarn in Salina, but later were recovered and returned to the owners.
Owners credit the return of their cattle to the quick response from law enforcement authorities involved and cooperation from the salebarn and those who purchased the cattle. Sentencing for Buttenhoff is scheduled for October 4.