August 6, 2020

Mississippi man charged with stealing cattle from Louisiana

A Bogue Chitto man is accused of stealing six head of cattle from a Louisiana livestock sale barn.

Colson Keith Lambert, 23, of 55 Argyle Trail, was arrested Jan. 24 by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Livestock Brand Commission on six counts of theft of livestock.

According to investigators, authorities received a complaint from a public livestock market in Tangipahoa Parish that someone illegally removed cattle from the livestock market and took them out of state.

Following an investigation, it was determined Lambert was allegedly in possession of the cattle after leaving the public auction market on Jan. 14. Investigators were able to link Lambert to the theft through video from security cameras, said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain.

“Our public livestock markets provide a legitimate and professional avenue to sell livestock from local producers. Our brand inspectors move swiftly to respond to complaints in an effort to recover stolen property,” Strain said.

All six head of cattle were recovered by LDAF brand inspectors and have been returned to the sale barn.

The LDAF Livestock Brand Commission was assisted in this investigation by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.