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Arrests Made in Theft of Water Buffalo

Social Media aids in capture

December 14, 2019

Baton Rouge, La. (December 14, 2019) – Four people were arrested for allegedly shooting and stealing two Asian water buffalo from a rancher in Plaquemines Parish.

A joint investigation between the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission and the Plaquemine Parish Sheriff’s Office determined that the suspects allegedly shot, killed, harvested the meat, hide and heads of the buffalo.

Arrested were 30-year-old Andrew Crawford, 5761 Hwy. 39, Braithwaite, La.; 35-year-old Billy W. Johnson, Jr., 36574 Hwy. 11, Buras, La.; 37-year-old Randall J. Siebert, 208 Saint Bernard Pkwy., Saint Bernard, La.; 32-year-old Lance L. Siebert, 7965 Hwy. 39, Braithwaite, La.

LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said, “The suspects’ social media posts were helpful in investigating this case.”  He added, “Water buffalo fall under the bovine species as livestock.  Many Louisiana farmers and ranchers raise alternative livestock. These alternative livestock, or exotics, are regulated by the LDAF.”

The value of the livestock stolen and killed is estimated at $10,000.

All four individuals were booked into the Plaquemines Parish Detention Center on December 13, 2019 for theft of livestock by the Livestock Brand Commission. If convicted for theft of livestock, they face a fine and/or jail time.