Three arrested after wood chipper stolen from Louisiana sawmill
ALLEN PARISH - Three people are facing charges after a wood chipper weighing more than 3,700 pounds disappeared from a sawmill.
Two of the suspects, 29-year-old Ashley Nolen and 29-year-old Jeffery Nolen, were arrested earlier this month after they sold the machine to a scrapyard, according to the Department of Agriculture.
The chipper, which is valued around $4,000, was initially stolen on July 21 when the pair allegedly used a forklift to wheel the equipment onto a truck.
During an investigation into the heist, the agency said it uncovered evidence of a separate crime involving another suspect, 30-year-old Joseph Nolen. Investigators believe he stole fuel from the same sawmill more than a week after the initial theft of the wood chipper.
Ashley was booked on a charge of possession of illegal possession of stolen things over $1,000. Jeffery was booked for theft over $1,000 and criminal trespassing.
Joseph Nolen was arrested Aug. 11 and booked on charges of simple burglary, theft and criminal trespassing.
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