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July 25 10:10 AM

Farm equipment thief arrested in Arkansas

A man wanted for stealing $27,000 worth of farm equipment from a farm in Plain Dealing was arrested Wednesday morning by the Miller County Sheriff’s Office at his Fouke, Ark., residence.

Jamie Lynn Caswell, 35, was arrested on a Bossier Sheriff’s Office warrant for felony theft for stealing a 2003 John Deere 894 eight-row corn header valued at $25,000, a John Deere water pump valued at $1,000 and a New Holland 320 hay baler valued at $1,500 from a barn in the 1000 block of Highway 537 in Plan Dealing over the past few weeks.

Casell, who used to work in the Plain Dealing area, was  initially arrested last week by the Miller County Sheriff’s Office following a tip by a viewer and charged with theft by receiving after deputies found him to be in possession of two of the three pieces of stolen farm equipment at his Fouke residence.

At that point, Caswell told detectives that he was asked by someone else to sell the items.

He bonded out of jail on that charge, but upon further investigation, detectives soon determined that Caswell not only possessed the stolen items but was the actual thief.

The next day, on July 17, Bossier Sheriff’s Office detectives obtained the warrant for his arrest for felony theft with a bond of $45,000.

Although the corn header and water pump have been recovered, the hay baler is still missing. Detectives are asking anyone who might have purchased a hay baler from Caswell in the past few weeks to contact Bossier Crime Stoppers at 318-424-4100 or Detective Charlie Myrick of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at 318-965-2203.

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