Three Pitkin family members are behind bars in various parishes for allegations related to livestock theft.
Justin Thompson, son of Ricky and Wanda Thompson, turned himself in and was booked into the Allen Parish Jail soon after his parents were arrested on six counts for theft of property valued at more than $25,000.
Bond has not yet been set for Justin.
The Thompson trio are facing allegations that during the fall of 2017 they targeted four of the eight livestock markets in Louisiana.
They are alleged to have stolen over $1 million worth of livestock during that time.
Commissioner Mike Strain said the cattle producers were protected and received their money from the sale barn. But the Thompsons never compensated the sale barn so those businesses suffered significant financial losses.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry has stated the arrests were made after several law enforcement entities received complaints of theft from the livestock markets in Allen, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge and St. Landry Parishes.
Ricky and Wanda turned themselves in on Friday in Allen Parish, then got out on $60,000 bail each.
As of this writing, Ricky is being held in the Avoyelles Parish Jail and Wanda in St. Landry Parish Jail.
The Thompsons could receive significant jail time if convicted of these charges.
According to Louisiana law, “Whoever commits the crime of theft when the misappropriation or taking amounts to a value of $25,000 or more shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not more than 20 years, or may be fined not more than $50,000 or both.”
The investigation, led by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, is still ongoing.