Sheriff’s Office Solves Theft of Kubota Tractor and Equipment in Washington Parish

Published 12:00 pm Wednesday, April 19, 2023

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On April 17, 2023, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office (WPSO) was assigned a case
in reference to the theft of a trailer containing a Kubota tractor and equipment. The
trailer and equipment was stolen from the American Legion Hall following an event that
had taken place on Saturday night, April 15th.
A WPSO Detective was able to review video footage from a nearby business and
determined that the equipment was stolen at approximately 9:30 pm on April 16th. The
video footage showed a white Ford truck with a flatbed on the back of the truck entering
the driveway from the west and exiting with the trailer to the east.
Later in the day the detective received a phone call stating that the truck with the
equipment was seen at Stateline Pentecostal Church at approximately 9 AM on April
17th. The detective searched the area and was unable to locate the equipment. The
detective then received another call from the owner of the Kubota dealership in
Natchez, MS stating that he had a truck and trailer matching the description parked
outside his dealership. The Natchez Police Department was contacted and, upon
arrival, was able to verify that the equipment was in fact still stolen. Carey Gendron,
DOB 03/01/1977 (W/M) was arrested for possession of stolen property.
Gendron is currently being held at the Natchez jail awaiting a hearing for extradition.
WPSO is issuing an arrest warrant for one count of LA Revised Statute 14:67B.1, theft
of more than $25,000, based off LA Revised Statute 15:432 Effect of Legal
Presumption; that the person in the unexplained possession of property recently stolen
is the thief. Gendron has eleven prior arrests with the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office
dating back to March of 2010.
“The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Natchez Police
Department for their help and cooperation in this investigation and for the quick
recovery of the tractor and equipment,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal.