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|Pecan theft reported in parish|
With the theft of pecans becoming rampant throughout the parish this season, Sheriff Randy Maxwell advises property owners to post "no trespassing signs" and to call the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office immediately when they see unauthorized people on their property.
Property owners are finding strangers picking pecans in their yards and orchards – whether there's one tree or an orchard full – at all times of the day and night.
The problem is being experienced in Catahoula and Tensas parishes also.
"Some people have spent a great deal of money on fertilizer, etc., caring for their pecan trees to raise them as a crop, just as anyone else would raise cotton or soybeans," Maxwell said. "Now they're having trespassers just come help themselves – and it's stealing, pure and simple."
Maxwell asked property owners to also have their neighbors keep an eye on the land and trees if they know they'll be away for a time.
"Another important thing is to get as precise descriptions as possible of the trespassers and their vehicles – the type of clothes the people are wearing, the color and type of car and especially if a license plate number can be seen – that's extremely helpful."
Anyone caught stealing pecans on someone else's property can be charged with trespassing and theft.
Maxwell noted that all CPSO patrol deputies are thoroughly familiar with the problem and have instructions on how to handle the cases.
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