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VPSO makes arrest in oil well site thefts

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VERNON PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of James Michael Jeane, 39, of Evans, Louisiana.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office has received reports of thefts from oil well sites within the Evans area of Vernon Parish.

Jeane was initially arrested on June 18, 2014 in relation to a theft from an oil well site in the Evans area. Jeane was arrested and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on one count of Theft over $1,500.00.

Through further investigation into the incidents Jeane was again arrested on June 27, 2014 and charged with one count of Theft, one count of Theft of Oil/Gas Equipment, three counts of Criminal Mischief, and three counts of Criminal Trespassing.

The ongoing investigation into the oil well thefts has resulted in the third arrest of Jeane.

Jeane was arrested on July 11, 2014 and charged with one count of Theft over $500, one count of Criminal Mischief, and one count of Trespassing.

A total bond of $ 44,800.00 has been set on the charges. Jeane remains in the Vernon Parish Jail at the time of this release.

The investigation into the oil well thefts is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.

Sheriff Craft would like to remind area residents who deal in the scrap metal trade that law enforcement does monitor all sales conducted at such businesses. Scrap metal dealers within the State of Louisiana are required by law to obtain personal identifying information, photocopy of legal Identification presented by the seller, and photographs of all items being sold.

Scrap metal dealers also provide a daily report to law enforcement listing the name of the seller, items sold, weight of the items, address, identification number, and vehicle information of seller to include the license plate number displayed on the seller’s vehicle.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office also has the capability to electronically monitor metal sales within the State of Texas.

Sheriff Craft cautions area residents who have such items on their property. Photograph the items or mark the items in a distinguishable manner which cannot be painted over. Be vigilant in monitoring property where these items are located and immediately report any suspicious vehicles or persons to law enforcement.

Sheriff Craft would like to express his appreciation to area scrap metal dealers for the cooperation they extend to law enforcement personnel.

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