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Livestock Theft in Avoyelles Parish

May 28, 2020

Baton Rouge, La. (May 28, 2020) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Brand Commission arrested a Rapides Parish man accused of stealing four head of cattle and one horse from a public livestock barn in Avoyelles Parish.

According to investigators, 48 year old Joel Dunn, 125 Town & Country Road, Alexandria, La., allegedly purchased the five head of livestock on October 2 and October 9 of 2019, and left the market without making proper payment.

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said, “State law protects our livestock markets from persons not complying with proper payment for livestock. When the suspect did not return the livestock he did not pay for, it became a crime. As always, our brand investigators take these criminal acts seriously.”

The stolen livestock is valued at approximately $2,000. At this time, the livestock have not been recovered.

Dunn is charged with two counts of theft of livestock for each date in which the crimes were allegedly committed. Dunn was located and booked in Vermilion Parish. He was then transported by Brand Commission inspectors to Avoyelles Parish where he was also booked.

The Livestock Brand Commission was assisted in this investigation by the Abbeville Police Department and the Vermillion Parish Sheriff’s Department.