A Welch cattleman was arrested on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in a joint operation with officials from
the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and Craig County Sheriff’s Office.
John Theodore Linthicum, 50, was booked into the Craig County Jail on one count each of
felony embezzlement of property and larceny of domestic animals. He was released on
Wednesday after posting a $500,000 bond.
The charges state Linthicum, also known as Teddy Linthicum, committed the Felony
Embezzlement on or between Jan. 1, 2017 and Oct. 14, 2019, by fraudulently appropriating
$429,000 from Troy Jansonius and Gimmie Jo Jansonius. The crime is punishable by
incarceration of eight years in the state penitentiary, and a fine not to exceed $10,000 plus
The second charge, Larceny of Domestic Animals, took place during the same time period, and
states Lithicum wrongfully took a cow that belonged to the Jansonius without consent with the
intent to deprive them of the property permanently. The crime carries a punishment of
imprisonment for three to 10 years.
In the probable cause affidavit, filed by ODAFF Special Agent Dusty Goforth, states the charge
relates to 128 head of cattle Gimmie Jo Jansonius, Troy Jansonius and Elwynn Jansonius
shipped to Litnthicum in 2014 to a property in Welch.
At that time, Goforth said the Jansonius arranged for Linthicum to breed half of the cattle with
embryos, and the remaining cattle were to be bred by bulls. The embryo calves were to be
purchased by Linthicum while the bull bred calves were to be marketed by the Jansoniuses at a
On Jan. 29, 2018, the family obtained a court order to pick up their cattle. At that time, Goforth
said Harold Post the receiver in Linthicum’s bankruptcy case, reported Linthicum had in his
possession 46 head of the Jansonius cattle along with eight head of calves.
The family provided Goforth and Winfrey with a list of 85 missing cows and two year’s worth of
calf crops. The total value of the missing animals, based upon average market price was
At least one of those cows were found during the investigation at Flying Cow Genetics, among
90 head of cows Lithincum traded to Tony Small for a vet services debt.
“This is a joint operation between the Craig County Sheriff’s Office and the Oklahoma
Department of Agriculture, Fish and Forestry,” Winfrey said. “It remains ongoing and under
This is Linthicum’s sixth arrest. He is also facing five felony counts of False Pretenses/Bogus
Check/Con Game; one felony count Intimidates or Threatens State’s Witness; and one felony
count Uttering Forged Instruments. He is free after posting a combined $79,500 in bonds on
Sheriff Heath Winfrey
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