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Livestock Theft in St. Helena Parish

July 31, 2019

Baton Rouge, La.  (July 31, 2019) – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Brand Commission arrested a St. Helena Parish man who is accused of stealing three calves.

Cleophas D. McClendon of 530 Gaylon Allen Road, Greensburg, La., was charged with one count of theft of livestock on July 25, 2019.

The LDAF received a complaint from a St. Helena Parish rancher that three calves were stolen from his property in the Easleyville, La. area.  Following an investigation, it was determined that McClendon attempted to sell the calves at a local livestock market.

“While at the market, our Livestock Brand Commission officers noticed what appeared to be suspicious behavior by McClendon,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, D.V.M. “Quick action on their part along with timely reporting by the owner resulted in a swift resolution.”

Investigators say McClendon confessed to the theft.

The three calves, which are valued at more than $1,500, were returned to the owner.

The LDAF Brand Commission was assisted in this investigation by the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Department.