Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two men in connection with a theft near Marthaville, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
NPSO Patrol Division deputies responded to a reported theft Sept. 5 at 5:30 pm in the 500 block of Hwy. 1221 near Marthaville.
Upon their arrival, deputies spoke with the complainant, learning that some antique farm plows and tools had been stolen from a deceased relative’s barn on McCaskill Cemetary Road.
The complainant received information from an observant neighbor who observed a white 2000s model Ford pickup, occupied by two males, leaving the area with items in the rear of the truck traveling on Hwy. 120 towards Marthaville.
Deputies collected information for an offense report in addition to processing and photographing the crime scene for investigative purposes.
Deputies cleared the crime scene and began looking for the suspect vehicle in the Marthaville area.
Shortly thereafter, deputies observed the suspect vehicle traveling on Hwy. 120 near the Natchitoches-Sabine Parish line.
Deputies stopped the vehicle, identifying two occupants in the vehicle-the driver (Timothy Dustin Meshell) and passenger (Dustin Harold Elkins).
The reported stolen items were also observed in plain view in the bed of the truck.
Timothy Dustin Meshell, 33 of the 700 block of Kerm Avenue in Shreveport, who was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and charged with Criminal Trespassing and Theft.
Dustin Harold Elkins, 31 of the 950 block of Hwy. 120 in Robeline, who was booked into the NPDC and charged with Criminal Trespassing and Theft.
Both suspects remain in the DC. The stolen items were recovered and released to the owner. Deputies say while interviewing one of the suspects they admitted to taking the items from the barn.
Deputies ask that if you have any information or have seen this vehicle acting suspiciously in your area to contact the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 357-7830.
Deputy Layne LaCaze made the arrests assisted by Reserve Deputy D. Putman.