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St. Landry Parish man arrested for allegedly stealing three horses

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A St. Landry Parish man has been arrested, accused of stealing three horses and selling them at auction. 

According to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, an investigation by LDAF Livestock Brand Commission Inspectors resulted in the arrest of Deamonte Davon Lee Chatman of Opelousas on November 9, 2017, on three counts of livestock theft. 

The warrant for Chatman, investigators say was issued at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino. He was arrested and booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail. 

The brand commission alleges that Chatman stole three horses from a property in Iberia Parish and checked them in under his name at a Louisiana stockyard. The horses were sold at auction on July 25, 2017, and payments were allegedly made to Chatman. The horses were valued at over $1,000.

"I can't stress enough the importance of identification like tattoos and microchips," Strain said. "I encourage all livestock owners to permanently identify their animals to aid in both theft recovery and traceability efforts."

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