BOSSIER CITY, LA (WAFB) - A man from Bossier Parish is accused of theft of livestock for stealing at least three race horses. He is also accused of bank fraud and issuing worthless checks in Bienville Parish.
Jonas Gibson, 34, was arrested on Tuesday, October 25 at an apartment complex in Bossier City.
Officials say information collected while working on an unrelated horse case led to Gibson being charged with forgery in regard to a set of Jockey Club horse registration papers and the theft and sale of a horse in April 2015. The horse was allegedly stolen from Harrah's Louisiana Downs in Bossier City. That horse was recovered later at Delta Downs in Vinton by the Louisiana State Police Gaming Unit.
"Seven horses in Gibson's possession are currently being boarded at an equine rescue facility. Brand Inspectors are investigating ownership and identifiers of the horses to determine if they could be stolen and to return them to their rightful owners. Some owners have already been contacted and charges are pending as more information and evidence is gathered," said Mike Strain, DVM, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner.
Bossier City Police, the Louisiana State Police, and the Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission all worked together in this case.
The value of all horses involved in this incident is estimated at $100,000.
Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Bossier City Police at 318-741-8611, Crime Stoppers at 318-673-7373, or the Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry Livestock Crime Stoppers line at 800-558-9741.