ST. LANDRY PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Two suspects were arrested for allegedly stealing award winning heifers from a St. Landry Parish ranch.
Jeramie Brown, 37, and Dustin Guillory, 23, were arrested on charges of two counts of criminal trespassing and two counts of felony theft for the theft of 13 heifers and one Angus bull.
Investigators say that Brown was a trusted employee of the owners of the ranch, whose prized livestock were recently featured in Farm and Ranch Magazine.
The investigation revealed that Brown and Guillory allegedly snuck onto the property, loaded cattle into a trailer, and transported the livestock to an auction where they were sold off.
Officials say that they have recovered some of the cattle with the expectation of recovering the rest. Some of the cattle have been found as far as Carthage, Texas.
"The theft of prize livestock like this is a crime that carries a heavy sentence up to 20 years." says Sheriff Bobby Guidroz in a statement. "While they sit in our jail, our detectives and State Brand Inspectors are working hard to locate and recover the remaining stolen Heifers."
Brown and Guillory are being held in the St. Landry Sheriff's Office jail on a $12,000 bond.