Two people have been arrested and booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail in unrelated horse theft investigations.
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry says that 61 year-old Donna Greenwel of Pitkin was arrested on October 23, 2018, and 39-year-old Christopher Rocio of Palmetto was arrested November 8, 2018.
Both Greenwell and Rocio were booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail. Both are charged with felony theft of livestock and if convicted could face fines and jail time.
Officials say that the arrests are the result of separate, unrelated complaints for theft of livestock filed with local law enforcement authorities. Both subjects are accused of selling the stolen horses at a local livestock market.
The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Department and the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigations.
“Investigators were able to quickly determine that these animals were stolen because they were microchipped,” Strain said. “These cases should serve as a reminder to livestock owners to permanently identify their animals which can aid in the recovery of valuable livestock.”