Stolen horses from Ascension, West Baton Rouge recovered in Baton Rouge

PRAIRIEVILLE — Three stolen horses have been recovered from a home on Duke St. in Baton Rouge. Investigators say one of the horses was stolen from Prairieville, and the two other horses were stolen from a home in Brusly.

Detectives with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office say they received a tip that the horses stolen from Brusly were in Baton Rouge. When detectives arrived at the home, they observed the stolen horses in the yard, a news release said.

Investigators say another horse and stolen property from Ascension Parish was also located.

A juvenile was arrested and is facing multiple charges including theft of livestock, a spokesperson with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office says.

Three horses, a trailer, saddles and tack were stolen from Crissman Arabians along La. 73 and Henry Rd. in Prairieville on Friday. The theft was posted on Facebook along with photos of the horses stolen.

A spokesperson with APSO says that all three of the horses have been recovered. It’s unclear where the other two horses were found. The spokesperson says other charges are pending.

West Baton Rouge Parish says additional arrests are likely and that the investigation is ongoing.

Horse theft arrests

This is the second time this month that horses were stolen in Ascension Parish.

Three people, including two 16-year-old juveniles, were arrested after allegedly stealing three horses from two different places in Prairieville earlier this month, APSO said.

Jatory Hardesty, 21, of St. Gabriel is charged with two counts theft of livestock (felony), two counts contributing to the delinquency of juveniles (misdemeanor), and two counts criminal trespass (misdemeanor). The juveniles are charged with two counts theft of livestock and two counts criminal trespass.

Deputies responded to reports of a stolen horse at a location on Highway 929 in Prairieville on February 16. Shortly after, deputies responded to a second report of stolen horses at a location on Highway 930.

Detectives with the APSO Property Crimes Unit received information that linked both thefts. During their investigation, detectives learned that Hardesty and the two juveniles stole the horses with intent to sell them.

The horses were returned to their owners unharmed.

Anyone with information about the latest theft should contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office

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