Three Arrests Made in Monroe Logging Company Vandalism
Three people are behind bars for vandalizing logging equipment off of Prairie Road in south Ouachita Parish last week.
A joint investigation by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry led to the arrests of 22-year-old Joshua Jurca, 21-year-old Rhonda Barnes and a 13-year-old. They've each been charged with felony criminal property damage.
A complaint was filed by a contractor who was logging a 600-acre tract of property near 3000 Prairie Road. Agents say that on July 11 and 12, the trio entered the logging site and cut hydraulic hoses on a John Deere loader, broke the windshield and guages on a log truck and poured dirt in the fuel tank and engine block.
Engine and hydraulic oil were poured all over the ground and on a bulldozer from portable storage tanks, and tools were scattered all over the ground. In addition to all the damage, an Ingersoll Rand pneumatic grinder and a curved Turkish blade machete were stolen.
"Our agents, along with Ouachita Parish sheriff's detectives and deputies, blanketed the area talking to residents, leaving business cards and putting up reward posters all last week," said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain in a news release. "This work generated leads that resulted in the arrests of these individuals."
Jurca and Barnes were booked into the Ouachita Parish Detention Center and the juvenile was sent to Green Oaks Detention Center in Monroe.