Two accused cow thieves behind bars
BATON ROUGE - Two men accused of stealing three cows are behind bars following an investigation by the Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission determined they tried to sell the cows at a livestock auction in Kinder, Louisiana.
Allen Tyler Meylian, 20, of Kinder and Jacob Chance Constance, 23, of Lake Charles were booked into the Allen Parish Jail on Thursday. Each was charged with one count of theft of livestock.
An investigator with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Brand Commission said the two suspects removed old "back tags" from three cows that were being held at Kinder Livestock Auction. Back tags are a temporary form of identification used to match cattle with their respective owners in livestock markets.
Investigators said the men replaced the removed tags with new back tags that identified the cows as belonging to one of the suspect's relatives. The three cows were sold on Monday, and a check was written for more than $4,000 to the suspect's relative. 23-year-old Constance was there to accept that check.
An employee of the auction contacted authorities on Tuesday, Dec. 16 to report the theft and an investigation commenced. LDAF Brand Commission agents used brand inspection records and animal health records to trace the illegally sold cattle to their original owner.