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March 07, 2024

Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Announces Recovery and Arrest in Stolen Tractor Case

Kevin Bond of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division (CID) has made significant progress in an ongoing investigation involving the theft of a tractor, attachments, and trailer. The investigation, which began on May 16, 2023, has ended in the recovery of the stolen property, the arrest of Mark Ashley Hunt, and the issuance of an arrest warrant for Jason Songer. 

A breakthrough came when Detective Bond received information from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office regarding the whereabouts of the stolen tractor. Acting on an anonymous tip, St. Tammany deputies located the stolen tractor in a tin shed on Million Dollar Road. After obtaining consent from the landowner, the shed was opened, confirming that the tractor matched the one reported stolen in May 2023. The tractor was subsequently recovered.

Further investigation and interviews conducted by Detective Bond revealed crucial information implicating individuals involved in the theft. An anonymous tipster provided vital details during an interview at the sheriff's office and that Mark Hunt and Jason Songer were involved in attempting to obtain keys to the shed where the stolen tractor was hidden. 

On February 29, 2024, Detective Bond, assisted by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office CID and Patrol Division, executed an arrest warrant at the residence of Mark Ashley Hunt. While Hunt was not present, Detective Bond identified and recovered the stolen trailer associated with the tractor theft. Mark Hunt later arrived at the scene and was subsequently arrested after providing incriminating information regarding his involvement in the theft. Hunt, age 30 with an address of Sie Jenkins Road, Bogalusa, was booked on the charges of Theft $25000 or More and Failure to Appear. Bond was set at $25,350.00 and he remains in jail as of this report.

The WPSO commends Detective Bond for his dedication and diligence in this investigation, which has led to the recovery of stolen property and progress towards justice. The cooperation of the STPSO and a concerned citizen has been invaluable in advancing this case.

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