Sep 26, 2013 12:47 PM

Teen charged with stealing dozens of cattle in Vermilion Parish

A Vermilion Parish juvenile is accused of stealing 24 cattle from a Vermilion Parish Cattleman.

State authorities say the 16 year old suspect was found at a stockyard attempting to load seven stolen heifer calves and hide them elsewhere. Those calves were released back to the owner.

Meanwhile, at the same stockyard, the manager reported 17 cows were placed in a back pen and no one knew how they got there. The manager contacted a Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry brand inspector who said the cows were stolen from the same Vermilion cattleman.

"Fortunately, these cattle were properly branded and that helped the brand inspector and the cattleman identify the stolen property easily," said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

Authorities say the juvenile was brought to the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office where he confessed to stealing the cattle. He was released from the juvenile detention center on $2,500 bond.

According to the owner, the estimated value of his stolen cattle is $26,400.



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