A Natchitoches Parish man was booked with theft in Morganza Tuesday by Louisiana Brand Commission Inspector Johnny Steib and Pointe Coupee Sheriff’s Detective Josh Adams, Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said in a news release.
Steven Leslie Jones, 32, of Natchez, La., was booked after his truck was photographed by a hidden camera at a Pointe Coupee Parish crime scene, according to a state Department of Agriculture and Forestry news release.
Jones allegedly stole horse feed, welding equipment and power tools from a farm shed in Pointe Coupee Parish , the release says.
The farmer reported the theft to the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 26 , the release says. Because the crime was farm related, the Livestock Brand Commission was contacted Jan. 27 , the release says. The farmer gave investigators photos taken from a hidden camera he had located near the shed , the release says.
Jones surrendered to authorities at the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday where he was booked , the release says.
Authorities recovered all of the farmer’s equipment, including an air framing gun, impact wrench, reciprocating saw, floor jack, welding leads, battery chargers and seven bags of horse feed , the release says.
Also recovered were two welding machines and two saddles stolen from a Baton Rouge residence.
The estimated value of the items taken in the Pointe Coupee theft was $1,500, the release says.