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Two Arrested for Horse Theft

November 16, 2018

Baton Rouge, La. (Nov. 16, 2018) –Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said unrelated investigations by the LDAF Livestock Brand Commission resulted in the arrests of two individuals involving theft of horses.

Donna Greenwell, 61, of Pitkin, La., was arrested on Oct. 23 and Christopher Rocio, 39, of Palmetto, La. was arrested Nov. 8. Both Greenwell and Rocio were booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail. Both are charged with felony theft of livestock and if convicted could face fines and jail time.

The arrests are the result of separate, unrelated complaints for theft of livestock filed with local law enforcement authorities. Both subjects are accused of selling the stolen horses at a local livestock market.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Department and the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigations.

“Investigators were able to quickly determine that these animals were stolen because they were microchipped,” Strain said. “These cases should serve as a reminder to livestock owners to permanently identify their animals which can aid in the recovery of valuable livestock.”