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Suspect identified in farm equipment theft, investigators seek public's help

This is an example of the farm equipment stolen from the Plain Dealing farm. (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office) This is an example of the farm equipment stolen from the Plain Dealing farm. (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)
Jamie Lynn Caswell, 35 (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office) Jamie Lynn Caswell, 35 (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)
BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office has identified the man believed to be responsible for stealing more than $27,000 of farm equipment from a Plain Dealing farm in the 1000 block of Highway 537.

Deputies say the theft happened between June 30 and July 1. A tip led them to the home of 35-year-old Jamie Lynn Caswell of Fouke, Ark., where he was in possession of the equipment. They say Caswell said he was trying to sell the equipment to someone else, but it was later determined that he was the thief.

Investigators say Caswell was arrested by the Miller County Sheriff's Office Tuesday, where he was charged with theft by receiving. He posted bond Wednesday afternoon. A warrant was issued for Caswell Thursday afternoon for felony theft with a bond of $45,000.

Caswell has ties to the Plain Dealing area from previous employment. Investigators found two of the three missing pieces of equipment at his residence- a green 2003 John Deere 894 eight-row corn header valued at $25,000 and a John Deere water pump valued at $1,000.

The third item, a red and yellow New Holland 320 hay baler valued at $1,500, remains missing. Detectives are asking anyone who may have purchased the hay baler from Caswell in the past few weeks to contact them.

Investigators believe Caswell could still be in the Fouke area. Anyone with information about the theft or his whereabouts is urged 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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