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09-Apr-2015, by Lt. Clay Higgans

The crawfish Industry in St. Landry parish is an important part of it’s economy. Every year, during the peak harvest season, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division devotes hundreds of man-hours to perform extra-patrol of the ponds across the parish. Since 2011, there have been only 9 reported incidents of crawfish theft in St. Landry Parish. Prevention through patrol is the key for that success. "These farmers and their families work very hard for their crops. If you have any understanding of how crawfish farming works, you know it is not an easy job." said Lt. Clay Higgins. "We take it very seriously and the sheriff is dead serious about stopping crawfish theft." "Crawfish is ripe for harvest right now, and I would advise you that if you plan to steal crawfish it’s a good idea that you choose another parish." Stealing crawfish can be considered a felony if the total value of the stolen property is over $300.00 dollars. Values are calculated at market retail, so the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office warns that if you are caught stealing crawfish, you could to do serious time.

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