MDAC: Investigation into stolen jet engine leads to recovery of large cache of stolen equipment in Sunflower County

Below is a press release from the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce:

On Friday, November 4, an engine was stolen from an aircraft that was stored in a powder hanger in Valley Park in Issaquena County. The theft of the plane’s engine was reported to the Issaquena Sheriff’s Office. The Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB) has been asked to help investigate the theft.

During the investigation, information surfaced that led investigators to Sunflower County. Officers from MALTB, Issaquena County Sheriff’s Office, Sunflower County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) executed a search warrant at multiple locations in Sunflower County on Thursday, November 10.

As a result of the search, numerous stolen items were found, including the stolen aircraft engine, a John Deere tractor, trailers, four-wheeled vehicles, ATVs, lawn mowers, a welding machine, a ditch trencher, fuel tanks and a commercial-grade bush hog, plus other extras. An arrest was made during the execution of the search warrant. This is an ongoing investigation, with further arrests expected.

“I commend Director Dean Barnard, Farm Robbery Investigators, Issaquena and Sunflower County Sheriff’s Offices and the FAA for their efforts in this ongoing investigation. This is an example of multiple law enforcement agencies working together to quickly and successfully resolve a case,” said Agriculture and Trade Commissioner Andy Gipson.

Mississippi Agricultural Theft Bureau Director Dean Barnard commended MALTB investigators, the Issaquena and Sunflower Sheriff’s Offices and the FAA for their diligent work in this ongoing investigation.

The Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau, a division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, enforces state laws relating to the theft of livestock, horses, hogs, poultry, fish, farm equipment , chemicals, wood and any other farm or agriculture. related offences. Visit www.mdac.ms.gov/bureaus-departments/agricultural-livestock-theft-bureau/ to learn more about MALTB. To report or provide information regarding an agricultural crime, call (800) 678-2660.

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