Joint investigation yields stolen equipment

By Press Reports

Commissioner of Agriculture, Cindy Hyde-Smith, reported that on
Monday, March 4 investigators from the Mississippi Agricultural and
Livestock Theft Bureau, the law enforcement division of the
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, in conjunction
with Sheriff Cloyd Halford of the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Department
seized over $250,000 of stolen property.

After a lengthy investigation, MALTB Investigators and Sheriff
Halford seized the stolen items which were located on property off of
West Fentress Road in Choctaw County. The following list of items
were seized at this location: a horse trailer, bulldozer, backhoe,
tractors, farm implements, trenching equipment, utility trailers,
zero-turn mowers, a golf cart, as well as, a Harley Davidson
motorcycle and other stolen items.

Commissioner Hyde-Smith stated, “I am proud of our investigators
hard work and diligent effort; also, I am very appreciative of the
cooperative relationship provided by the Choctaw County Sheriff’s
Office to help close this case. The victims of these thefts are
enthusiastic that their property has been located and returned in a
timely manner.”

Some of the recovered items had been reported stolen to Flowood and
Pearl Police Departments, as well as, the Rankin County Sheriff’s
Department. Investigators are still in the process of identifying
all of the stolen items that were recovered, and one arrest has been
made at this time.

This investigation is currently on-going, and more information will
be released at a later date.