Vermilion teen arrested for cattle rustling

VERMILION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A Vermilion Parish teen has been arrested for allegedly stealing 24 cattle.

Authorities say the 16-year-old was found in a stockyard trying to load seven stolen calves and hide them elsewhere.

The calves were returned to their owner.

According to reports, at the same stockyard, the manager found 17 cows in a pen and had no knowledge how the cows got there.  A Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry brand inspector was able to determine that the cows were stolen from the owner of the calves.

"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.

Officials say the teen confessed to stealing the cattle, which had a value of $26,400.  The teen was released on a $2,500 bond.

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