Baton Rouge, La. – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission arrested two men in St. Landry Parish accused of stealing horses in Lafayette Parish.
Forty-nine year old Shane Jones of 112 Chester St., Lafayette, LA., and thirty-six year old Warren Ebow of 143 Champagne St., Lafayette, La., were arrested on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 by LDAF’s Livestock Brand Commission officers and St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department. They have been charged with conspiracy to commit livestock theft and resisting arrest by flight.
According to investigators, the LDAF received information while assigned to a public livestock market auction that the two horses being presented for auction were stolen. After initiating an investigation and confirming the horses were stolen, LDAF’s Brand Commission officers made contact with Jones and Ebow who resisted arrest by flight.
Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said “Livestock Brand Commission officers are regularly assigned to public livestock markets as defined by law. If you choose to break the law, we will be there to serve justice.”
Both suspects are being held at the St. Landry Parish Jail. Bonds are pending at this time while the investigation is ongoing. The value of the horses is estimated at $3000.00. Both horses have been recovered and are being returned to the owner.