Reward offered to nab perpetrator who destroyed woods equipment in LaSalle Parish
A reward of up to $7,000 has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who vandalized and destroyed a LaSalle Parish logger's equipment, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
LDAF enforcement agents report that between April 14 and 16, someone set a 2013 CAT 545 C skidder on fire at a logging site near Ernest Whatley Road in Belah, a community south of Jena. The $200,000 logging equipment was destroyed.
Ag & Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said the reward being offered is $5,000 from the equipment's owner and the Louisiana Forestry Association is offering up to $2,000 for the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the crime.
“This case is a senseless act of vandalism and we need the public’s help to identify those who are responsible,” Strain said. “If you witnessed suspicious activity or saw anything out of the ordinary between dates of April 14 and 16 on or near Earnest Whatley Road, please contact investigators.”
Anyone with information should call LDAF Enforcement at 225-925-4500 or the LFA at 318-443-2558.