FOREST, Miss. (WLBT) - Twenty-nine stolen calves were returned after surveillance video show two people loading the calves into a trailer Sunday night around 10:45 p.m.
Two suspects were caught on camera loading the calves onto a trailer at Tadlock Stockyard in Forest. The MS Ag’s theft bureau, along with Forest PD, were able to locate the calves and make an arrest.
According to Forest Police Chief Will Jones, Michael T. Lindsey of Bernice, Louisiana is in custody and will be charged with livestock theft.
He is currently in Forest police custody, awaiting his initial court appearance. He was arrested around Tuesday around 4:00 a.m.
The calves were recovered in Louisiana and returned to Tadlock Stockyard. Police are still investigating the other man seen in surveillance involved in the livestock theft.
The investigation was initiated by the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce.
MALTB Investigator Jamie Taylor led the investigation.
Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson applauds the efforts of the MALTB, “I am proud of the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau for their quick recovery in this case. I encourage others that become a victim of an ag-related theft or agricultural crime to contact our office so we can begin investigative efforts and apprehend criminals before they commit other crimes.”
MALTB Director, Dean Barnard, praised local law enforcement officials for their hard work and dedication in this case. “I appreciate the assistance of the Scott County Sherriff’s Office and the City of Forest Police Department in the investigation, which helped lead to a quick arrest,” said Barnard.
The Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau enforces state laws pertaining to the theft of cattle, horses, swine, poultry, fish, farm equipment, chemicals, timber and all other farm or agriculture-related crimes. To report or provide information regarding an agricultural crime, call (800) 678-2660