The Leader RCMP are looking for the public's assistance investigating the theft of 21 calves from a property near Prelate.

Each animal was tagged and branded with the letters 'HE' on the right rib. Polic esay they were taken in November.

Police say calves being sold without identification tags would be a red flag. They also say the crime would have been planned out, and not just a crime of opportunity.

The total value of the calves is estimated at around $30,000.

Anyone with information can contact their local RCMP detachment or CrimeStoppers.

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