A Powhatan man arrested in November of 2016 in connection with the theft of a John Deere farm combine near Powhatan has been arrested again-this time in connection with the theft of a John Deere farm tractor in Cloutierville according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.
NPSO Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions deputies responded to a reported theft at Churchman Farms, off of La. Hwy 1 in Derry June 16 at 4:38 pm.
Deputies arrived on the scene and while speaking with the complainant learned that a 2006 John Deere 6420 Cabover tractor with a front loader had been stolen from a field in the Cloutierville area. Deputies processed the crime scene, took photographs, collected physical evidence and gathered information for an offense report.
Chief of Investigations, Detective Greg Dunn, recalled observing a John Deere tractor matching the stolen tractor earlier in the day abandoned in a field off of La. Hwy 491. Detectives confirmed it being the stolen tractor.
Information led detectives to a person of interest identified as Carl Mobley Jr., who was arrested in November 2016 for Felony Theft in connection with the theft of a John Deere farm combine near Powhatan. The case is still pending in the 10th Judicial District Court with an expected court date of next week according to the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office.
While interviewing Mobley, he allegedly confessed to the theft and showed detectives where he had the key hidden. Mobley, 18, gave an address in the 200 block of North Railroad Street in Powhatan. He was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with one-count of Unauthorized Use of a Moveable valued over $10,000.
Mobley remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting bond. The tractor was released to the owner. Involved in the investigation and arrest were: Chief of Investigations Greg Dunn, and Sgt. B. Dalme assisted by Deputy T. Fatheree.