Jeff Davis deputy arrested for theft

Published: Sep. 13, 2022 at 4:18 PM CDT
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Beauregard Parish, LA (KPLC) - A deputy with the Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office has been arrested for theft.

Joseph Rene Soileau, 54, of Ragley, was arrested at 1:39 p.m. Tuesday by the Beauregard Sheriff’s Office.

Both Jeff Davis Chief Deputy Chris Ivey and Beauregard Sheriff Mark Herford confirmed the arrest.

Herford said Beauregard received a theft complaint on Aug. 15. During the arrest, deputies found some of the stolen items at Soileau’s residence, Herford said.

The items were returned to their owner, Herford said.

Soileau was booked into the Beauregard jail on one count of felony theft from $1,000 to $5,000. Bond was set at $1,500.

Ivey said upon being informed of the arrest, Jeff Davis officials placed Soileau on administrative leave without pay and took possession of his work equipment.

Soileau has worked for the Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office for about 13 years, Ivey said. He previously worked for other law enforcement agencies.

Herford said the investigation is ongoing and more charges may be pending.