Oct 24, 2013 1:49 PM
Four St. Martin Parish men are facing charges, accused of stealing a horse, saddles, tack, feed and a trailer.
In a release from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, deputies in St. Martin found the horse trailer in Arnaudville. It had been reported stolen from Lafayette Parish on July 18th.
Following an investigation, agents say they also recovered one quarter horse mare, two saddles, and assorted tack with help from Breaux Bridge Police. The estimated value of the items is approximately $7,100. Also recovered were three saddles that were in the tack room of the stolen trailer. The approximate value of the horse trailer and three saddles is $6,000.
"This is a significant amount of property stolen worth thousands of dollars. Once it's reported to authorities, we work closely and vigilantly to recover whatever we can and bring criminals to justice," said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.
Arrested and booked into the Lafayette Parish Jail with two counts each of theft over $500 and one count each of theft of livestock are these men from St. Martin Parish: Courtney Jay Jones of 1210 Camp Bon Temps Rd.,
Breaux Bridge; Ulysus James Journet of 1034 Kennedy Dr., Arnaudville and Clifford Torrez Demouchet of 1026 Roy J. Melancon Rd., Breaux Bridge.
The fourth suspect, Ronald James Journet of 850 Agnes Dr. Apt. 309, Breaux Bridge, is being held in the St. Martin Parish Jail at this time on unrelated charges and will be brought to Lafayette Parish Jail to be booked at a later date. He will be charged with two counts of theft over $500 and one count of theft of livestock.