POINTE COUPEE PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — A 21-year-old man was arrested Monday after allegedly stealing two saddles valued at $3,600 from a barn.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) announced the simple burglary arrest of Calvin Ray Polk, Jr., 21, of Lottie on Wednesday.

Polk allegedly stole two western roping saddles, one of which has been recovered, LDAF said. Officials said investigations are ongoing in other areas in connection to the theft and more arrests are expected.

LDAF notes that this is not the first time Polk has been arrested for theft. He was arrested in March of 2021 in connection to a livestock theft in Iberville Parish, officials said.

Polk turned himself in to Pointe Coupee Parish deputies Monday.

Commissioner Mike Strain said saddles are often sought by thieves and urge those with saddles to microchip. For more information about saddle microchipping, call 225-935-2150.

“The good news is that LDAF’s Livestock Brand Inspectors were able to make this case and facilitate additional investigations as a result,” said Strain. “Unfortunately, saddles remain a popular target for thieves. That’s why our saddle microchipping program is so important. We’ve hosted several events this year and will continue to offer this free service to saddle owners in Louisiana.”

Anyone with tips regarding Louisiana agriculture-related crimes is urged to call its Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-558-9741.