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Ouachita Parish Logging Company Vandalized

Reward Offered for Arrest and Conviction

July 17, 2015

Ouachita Parish Logging Company Vandalized

Reward Offered for Arrest and Conviction

 

Baton Rouge, La. (July 17, 2015) – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) and the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s help in investigating the vandalism of logging equipment in south Ouachita Parish.

 

On July 11 and 12, individuals reportedly entered a logging site in the 3000 block of Prairie Road in southern Ouachita Parish about 10 miles south of Monroe and cut hydraulic hoses on a John Deere loader, broke the windshield and gauges on a log truck, and poured dirt in the fuel tank and engine block. Engine and hydraulic oil were poured on the ground and on a bulldozer from portable storage tanks. In addition, tools from the work truck were scattered on the ground.

The wires on a John Deere loader/processor were shorted out and the wires to the trailer scale system were cut.

In addition to all the damage, an Ingersoll Rand pneumatic grinder and a curved Turkish blade machete were stolen.

 

The Louisiana Forestry Association and Ouachita Parish Crime Stoppers will pay a reward up to $3,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible. Anyone with information may contact (225) 925-4500.

 

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said vandals caused thousands of dollars in damage to this equipment in addition to the lost down time.

 

“This was not a just a silly prank or small act of vandalism,” said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “This involved thousands of dollars of loss to the logging company and our agents are working to catch the individuals involved. Any public assistance identifying those responsible would be appreciated.”

 

The estimated damage is $50,000.

 

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