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Sabine Parish Man Arrested for Alleged Theft of Wood Chips

September 4, 2018

Baton Rouge, La. (September 4, 2018) – A Sabine Parish man is accused of stealing wood chips valued at more than $68,000. Following an eight month joint investigation with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, 51-year-old Veachel Parker, Jr. of 77 Parker Circle, Noble, La., was arrested Aug. 28, on one count of theft.

According to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Enforcement Division, during the months of September 2017 and January 2018, Parker, who owns and operates Parker Trucking, LLC, allegedly stole 62 loads of wood chips from a Natchitoches Parish sawmill.

Investigators said Parker was hired to deliver wood chips, a timber by-product, to another mill in Desoto Parish. Investigators discovered that Parker would load his 18-wheeler trailer of wood chips and deliver the loads to its destination, but then he would keep the proceeds.

Parker was taken into custody without incident and booked in to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. Bond was set at $10,000. Parker bonded out the day of his arrest.

If convicted of one count of theft over $25,000 LA RS 14:67, Parker faces imprisonment at hard labor for not more than twenty years, or may be fined not more than $50,000 dollars, or both.