STOLEN BOAT RECOVERED
On September 15, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Justin Owens, 29, a resident of Whitetail Road in Angie. The arrest was the result of a reported boat theft from a private boat launch off the Pearl River. The owner of the boat had been fishing in the area and left the boat tied up for a short period of time. Upon returning to the boat, it was discovered that it was missing.
Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol Sergeant David Cupp and Deputy Tyler Lindsey responded to the theft report and began an immediate investigation which led to Owens at his residence in Angie. After being confronted by the officers, Owens cooperated and directed the officers to an address in Bogalusa where the boat was recovered.
Owens was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with theft of more than $5,000 but less than $25,000. He remains in jail with his bond set at $10,000.
Owens has been in the jail at least five times previously, dating from a May 2008 arrest, with other arrests following in 2011 and 2013. Previous charges included domestic abuse, theft of a vehicle and burglary of an inhabited dwelling.
“Good work, Sergeant Cupp and Deputy Lindsey,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “It’s always good to solve a crime and be able to put the thief in jail. Owens has chosen a path in life where jail or prison is the destination. I’m so pleased we were able to recover this stolen property and return it to its owner.”