ANZA: Missing 5 days, reward for safe return of cow raised to $1,000

ANZA –This past Friday the 13th was very unlucky indeed for one local farming family, who is now pleading for the safe return one of their cows after it was stolen from their high desert property. The Jersey cow was stolen from Sage Mountain Farm on the 55500 block of Hwy 371, between Bautista Canyon Rd. and Bahrman Rd., in Anza.

Having already been offering a $500 reward for the return of their stolen cow, the animal’s owners yesterday raised the reward being offered to $1,000.


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Phil and Juany Noble, owners of Sage Mountain Farm, reported the theft of their cow after realizing she was missing.

Sage Mountain Farm has increased the reward for the safe return of one of their Jersey cows from $500 to $1,000. Phil Noble/Sage Mountain Farm reward flyer

In a request for information regarding their cow, the Noble’s said the animal was stolen Friday, July 13, between 8:45 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

According to the Noble’s, witnesses later reported seeing two Hispanic men loading the cow into an older, white, oval-type horse trailer attached to an old flatbed truck. The men were reportedly seen parked next to the Noble’s farm on Bahrman Road, just north of SR-371, across from The Pizza Factory.

Sage Mountain Farm and the Noble’s are known throughout the high desert and surrounding communities for their grass-fed beef and green-fed cerveza beef – made from steers that get to feast daily on a variety of organic vegetables, organic grasses, and beer mash from local breweries.

The farm is also known for their organically grown fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, broccoli, carrots, radishes, and doughnut peaches.

According to the Noble’s Facebook pages and websites, their farm uses natural well water and organic processes to raise their steers, chickens, pigs, and goats.

In updated flyers put up around town and posted in various community news reporting groups, the Noble’s stated Sage Mountain Farm had raised their reward from $500 to $1000 for the safe return of their stolen cow and information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft.

Anyone with information about this investigation, the people who stole the cow, or who knows where the stolen cow is currently located is encouraged to contact Hemet Sheriff’s Station at (951) 791-3400. Callers can refer to incident file number D181940085 and can remain anonymous. Anyone with information can also contact Phil Noble directly at (951) 990-7460.

This is a developing story that will be updated as information becomes available.

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, recently moved to Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations, including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook, as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and The Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 – soon to be 15 – grandchildren.

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