Three Pitkin residents have been accused of stealing livestock valued at more than $1 million from four Louisiana livestock markets.
Ricky Thompson, 68, and Wanda Thompson, 69, have charged with six counts of theft of property having a value of $25,000 or more.
The couple turned themselves in after a grand jury indicted them on Friday.
Justin Thompson, 39, who is the son of Ricky and Wanda, is still at large.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) stated that the thefts occurred during the Fall of 2017.
This initial indictment involves a livestock market in Allen Parish. Investigators say four of the eight livestock markets in Louisiana were targeted by the Thompsons.
“The bottom line is, the cattle producers were protected and received their money from the sale barn,” Commissioner Mike Strain said.
“However, the Thompson’s never compensated the sale barn so these businesses suffered significant financial losses.”
If convicted, the Thompson’s face extensive jail time.
Bond was set at $60,000 each. Ricky and Wanda bonded out of Allen Parish Jail on Friday. Investigators say they will be taken to Avoyelles Parish where they face the same charges.
Additional warrants have been issued in East Baton Rouge and St. Landry Parish where the other livestock markets are located.