Alta. Mounties on the lookout for 600 missing cattle

Alberta cattle. (File photo/QMI Agency)

Alberta cattle. (File photo/QMI Agency)

Catherine Griwkowsky, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Mounties are asking: Where's the beef?

Known cattle rustler Timothy William Flad, 47, of Brownsville, Alta., was found guilty of cattle theft over $5,000, but more than 600 cattle remain unaccounted for.

Flad sold financed cattle and didn't tell the lender, for which he got a year's probation and 100 hours of community service. He was required to pay back $12,000 for the 40 calves he illegally sold -- about half of the cows' worth.

RCMP and livestock inspectors from both Alberta and Saskatchewan worked together on the case.

Flad had been convicted of breach of conditions related to the theft of cattle and was slapped with a $3,500 fine and two years' probation on Sept. 10.