Louisiana Man Arrested For the Alleged Theft of Livestock in St. Landry Parish

By Orion Blake
Published June 07, 2023

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Louisiana Man Arrested For the Alleged Theft of Livestock in St. Landry Parish

St. Landry Parish, Louisiana – A man from Louisiana has been arrested for allegedly stealing livestock in St. Landry Parish.

On June 5, inspectors from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission apprehended an Iberia Parish man in connection with a livestock theft investigation in St. Landry Parish.

Orlando Williams, 66, was arrested in St. Landry Parish on a warrant for livestock theft. Williams surrendered to brand inspectors at St Landry Parish Jail. During the brand inspector’s inquiry, it was discovered that Williams received two horses on one occasion and failed to make the requisite payments to a local livestock market. The acquisition of animals and failure to make proper payment is a violation of R.S.14:67.1 (Theft of Livestock). In February 2023, the alleged theft occurred.

“Louisiana law is clear when referring to the purchase of livestock and protects livestock owners from persons not complying with proper payment,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “If determined guilty, the suspect will be in violation of the theft of livestock statute and held responsible for his crime.”

The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Department aided the Livestock Brand Commission in its investigation.

A bond amount has not yet been determined, and the livestock has not been reclaimed.

To report thefts, the Livestock Brand Commission operates a 24-hour Crimestoppers hotline at (800) 558-9741.

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.