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Speedy Arrests Made in Richland Parish Cattle Thefts

May 23, 2017

Baton Rouge, La. (May 23, 2017) – Two people from Franklin Parish are accused of stealing livestock. Inspectors say the suspects tried to sell two heifers to employees of the Delhi Livestock Auction in Richland Parish under “suspicious circumstances” on Monday, May 15, 2017.


A Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission inspector was checking in the cattle delivered to the livestock market and quickly determined the two heifers were stolen from Franklin Parish.


“The employees at Delhi Livestock Auction and our brand inspector noticed the couple trying to sell the cattle was not following proper procedures which put them on alert,” said Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “Our inspectors are trained to identify cattle and determine ownership to protect our ranchers from theft.”


Inspectors say when Lacy Tarver, of 100 Ellis Lane, Winnsboro, La., returned to the auction barn to collect payment for the sale of the stolen livestock, she was arrested by a Louisiana livestock brand inspector and Richland Parish sheriff’s deputy.


A second suspect, John R. Haring, of 200 Charles McMahan, Wisner, La., was arrested in the parking lot. Haring is a former employee of the owner of the cattle.


Both heifers were returned to the owner. Tarver and Haring were booked into the Richland Parish Jail on two counts of theft of livestock valued at $2,000, LA.R.S. 14:67.1. Additional charges are pending in Franklin Parish.