2 accused in 3-state equipment thefts

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana State Police arrest two men accused of possessing $250,000 worth of equipment stolen in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

A news release says the Mississippi Agricultural Theft Bureau notified troopers of thefts from John Deere dealerships, and said equipment might be arriving in Louisiana.

Trooper Nick Manale says undercover detectives set up a meeting with 40-year-old Homer G. Hess of Kentwood, who showed up in a pickup truck and trailer stolen from Rayville and loaded with vehicles stolen from dealership in Arkansas.

Manale says they booked Hess and 18-year-old Devon Lipson of Jackson, Miss., with five counts of possessing stolen property. He says they led police to several locations in Livingston Parish and in Jackson and Hazelhurst, Miss.

It wasn't immediately clear if the suspects have an attorney.

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