Louisiana Family Charged With Stealing $1 Million in Cattle

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( Farm Journal )

Three arrests and six counts of theft have been made after Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Brand Commission discovers $1 million worth of cattle sales missing from Louisiana sale barns.

As a family effort, Ricky and Wanda Thompson, along with their 39-year-old son, Justin Thompson, are facing jail time after allegedly stealing from four of the eight different livestock markets across Louisiana. Charged with six counts of property theft having a value of $25,000 or more, the thefts occurred between August and October 2017.

“The bottom line is the cattle producers were protected and received their money from the sale barn; however, the Thompson’s never compensated the sale barn, so these businesses suffered significant financial losses,” said Mike Strain, Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner.

Taking place in Pitkin, La., additional warrants have been issued in East Baton Rouge and St. Landry parishes where the other livestock markets are located.

The family members are facing $60,000 bail each.

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Submitted by Greg on Tue, 09/04/2018 - 09:13

Do not believe what Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife tells about wolves.
11/25/2017 2nd dead llama. ODFW biologist with 30 years experience ignores 20 facts and states wolves PROBABLY killed llama.
Citizen ask director and commissioners to get 2nd opinion from US Fish and Wildlife.
ODFW says NO.
State representative inquiry and 3rd dead llama.
ODFW reason - did not understand how wolves killed llamas..
If ODFW wants citizens to know truth about wolves killing livestock why refuse request to have US FIsh and Wildlife review the facts???

Fact -- study of 967 wolf depredations shows partial pack removal only changes pack behaviour average 64 days.
Fact - only 67 days from discovery 1st dead llama since rancher killed wolf for killing cattle in this Meachum Pack Zone.

Thank You

Submitted by Greg on Tue, 09/04/2018 - 10:36

I forgot 2 other important facts about ODFW not telling truth wolves killing llama.

1-Union County Sheriff Deputy conducted parallel investigation with written report
and 60 photo documenting areas attacked, tooth size, tooth spacing, drag marks, etc
Deputy states all evidence shows wolves killed llama.
2- ODFW investigating biologist returns to site 5 days later to look for evidence of predator.
All biologist finds FRESH TRACKS OF 3 WOLVES.

Thank You

Submitted by angela on Tue, 09/25/2018 - 23:20

How do you do this? I mean, wouldnt the other people at the sale barn notice someone
removing the animals?
Or is it just that chaotic..i went to a couple Many years ago, and they were very chaotic.