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Lafayette Parish Woman Arrested For Livestock Theft

Used internet to sell stolen horse

April 26, 2018

Baton Rouge, La. (April 26, 2018) – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission arrested 27-year-old Sarah M. Broussard for stealing a horse valued at approximately $1,000.


Investigators say Broussard, who used a false name to identify herself, advertised a horse for sale over the internet. However, the horse’s real owner was unaware and never gave Broussard permission to sell the horse. At the time, the horse was being housed in Lafayette Parish where the horse’s owner did not reside. Therefore, when the horse was transferred to the person who bought it, the owner was unaware that the horse was missing until the owner came across the advertisement on the internet.


“Buyers of livestock over the internet should be cautious, particularly when dealing with cash transactions. We also recommend being familiar with whom you are conducting business and demand paperwork regarding the origin of the animal,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.


Broussard, of Scott, La., was booked into the Lafayette Parish Jail on April 25, 2018 for Theft LA.R.S. 14:67 B 4 Property valued over $500.00 but less than $1,000.00.  If convicted, the suspect faces a fine and/or jail time.


The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Scott Police Department assisted in this investigation.