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Ag crimes solved; stolen property returned to owners

December 19, 2008

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said four Maringouin juveniles accused of stealing three all-terrain vehicles were arrested in early November.
Strain said more than $198,000 worth of property has been recovered and returned to the rightful owners after an investigation by Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission officers, Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office, Maringouin Police and the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office was concluded.
“We take farm related crimes very seriously in Louisiana,” Strain said. “Farm equipment is valuable property and thieves will be prosecuted.”
Over several days, three four-wheelers were stolen and two tractors were used and damaged.
Following the joint investigation, four Maringouin juveniles were arrested on charges of stealing all-terrain vehicles, criminal damage and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in four separate but related incidents.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Brian K. Banks, Jr., 20 of Maringouin, but has not yet been executed. Banks is facing charges for illegal possession of stolen things and criminal damage to property for possessing and damaging a stolen four-wheeler.
Livestock Brand Commission investigators have regulatory powers authorizing them to investigate farm-related crimes.
Strain urged folks to report any possible farm-related thefts to the LDAF Crimestoppers hotline at 1-800-558-9741.
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