The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) has announced the arrest of a Caddo Parish man for Livestock Theft.

Investigators say 22-year-old Travious D. Johnson of Shreveport was arrested by Desoto Parish Sheriff's deputies. He was booked and transported to Caddo Parish without incident.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Livestock Board investigated the incident that started in August of 2022. Authorities believe that Johnson illegally removed a palomino horse from a pasture and stall in Caddo Parish with permission from the owner. Johnson is then accused of posting the horse for sale on social media, and executing a sale of the horse.

Investigators tracked the horse to Allen Parish, where they were able to take possession of the horse, and return it to its owner in Caddo Parish.

LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain said in a statement:

“The LDAF always recommends that buyers use caution when purchasing livestock over social media or anytime you don’t know the person you are dealing with. If you suspect foul play, please contact the Livestock Brand Commission, which investigates livestock theft and other agricultural crimes in the state.”

Johnson had his bond set at $25,000.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Livestock Board has a 24-hour Crimestoppers tipline at 800-558-9741 where citizens can report livestock thefts and other agriculture-related crimes.

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