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Allen Parish Couple Convicted in Theft of Forestry Equipment

November 17, 2015


Baton Rouge, La. (November 17, 2015) – An Allen Parish couple is now serving up to eight years behind bars in connection with the theft of forestry equipment.


Investigators said Joey Ganson, 35, and Jamie Coker-Brown, 35, were arrested in February 2015 in connection with the September 2014 theft of hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel, radios and other equipment from a logging operation in the Westbay Wildlife Management Area near Oakdale, La. They were formally convicted earlier this month.


The Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office worked with Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) investigators on the three month joint investigation.


Investigators said Coker-Brown admitted she and Ganson committed the thefts.


LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said, “Once we’ve made arrests, it is important that we hold these criminals accountable, bring them to justice and make sure they pay the price for the crime which they have committed.”


LDAF investigators and the APSO were able to locate and recover much of the stolen equipment.


Ganson pled guilty to simple burglary and received a sentence of eight years. Coker-Brown received a seven year sentence and a $1,000 fine.