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Update: Third Arrest Made in Cattle Rustling Ring   

June 4, 2018

     

Baton Rouge, La. (June 4, 2018) – A third suspect is in custody in connection with stealing livestock valued at more than $1 million from four Louisiana livestock markets.

Thirty-nine year old Justin Thompson of Hinston, La., was booked into the Allen Parish Jail this afternoon. Thompson’s parents, 68 year old Ricky Thompson and 69 year old Wanda Thompson of Pitkin, La., were booked Friday on six counts of theft of property having a value of $25,000 or more.

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Brand Commission investigators say the thefts occurred between August – October 2017. Louisiana has eight public livestock markets where producers can sell their livestock. Investigators say four of the eight livestock markets were targeted by the Thompsons. Those sale barns are located in Allen, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge and St. Landry parishes.

No bond has been set. If convicted, the Thompsons face extensive jail time.