BATON ROUGE, La. (LDAF) - An Alexandria man is among two who are accused of stealing two brand new tractors from a Many business. The estimated value of both tractors is $80,000.
Michael Bayonne, 41, of Alexandria, and Stephan Morton, 38, of Shreveport, are charged with felony theft of two new “LS” brand tractors from Byles Tractor and Welding located at 245 Hwy 71 Bypass.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry said evidence and statements confirmed probable cause to charge both for their alleged involvement.
Both men were already in custody in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on charges unrelated to the tractor thefts in Sabine Parish.
“Farming equipment can be very expensive and the loss of such equipment can be a financial burden. This crime is a felony and is taken very seriously,” said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain.
Bayonne currently remains in custody at the Natchitoches Detention Center and has charges pending in other jurisdictions. Bond has been set at $10,000.
Morton has since been moved to the Sabine Parish Detention Center with no bond set at this time. Morton also has charges pending in other jurisdictions.
At this time, the stolen tractors have not been recovered.
Anyone with information relating to this case is asked to call Many Police at 318- 256-5617, the Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission at 318-949-3225 or the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Farm Related Crime Stoppers at 800-558-9741.
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