LABADIEVILLE--Early this morning just after midnight, detectives were doing surveillance on a local sugar cane farm operation in Labadieville after a local farmer reported incidents of theft of various farm equipment and tools. At approximately 1:40 am, detectives watched as two subjects drove up to a tractor shed in an older model, white mini-van. The two exited their vehicle and began loading their van up with various pieces of farm equipment. While they were loading their vehicle, detectives coordinated with patrol units and surrounded the area. The two suspects left the area driving down a farm headland and proceeded onto highway 1014 where deputies were waiting. Deputies attempted to stop the suspect vehicle and both the driver and the passenger jumped from the vehicle and led deputies on a foot pursuit. Deputies were able to catch a female subject but were unable to apprehend the male subject who fled on foot through a nearby cane field. Deputies located approximately $5,000.00 worth of farm equipment and tools inside of their vehicle. A local farmer did later identify the items as stolen from his farm shop. Investigators believe the items stolen were going to be sold to a local metal scrap yard for cash.
Barbara Starks (B/M 40yoa) from 208 Plymouth Street, Thibodaux, Louisiana was transported to the Assumption Parish Detention Center where she was booked for Theft (over $1,500), Criminal Trespassing and Resisting an Officer.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Henry Brown (B/M 40yoa) 208 Plymouth St – Thibodaux, Louisiana, for the charges of Theft (over $1,500), Criminal Trespassing and Resisting an Officer.
This matter remains under investigation and additional charges are expected against Brown.