On December 14th, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a burglary in Louisville. The victim advised that unknown persons entered a building and stole approximately 35lbs of hemp. The hemp was produced and owned by an Illinois Department of Agriculture Licensed Producer.

On December 17th, the Sheriff’s Office located a large portion of the stolen hemp at a residence in Louisville. As a result of the investigation four individuals were taken into custody in connection to the theft. 44-year-old Albert A. Parker, of Louisville, was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property over $10,000 (bond was set in the amount of $100,000 10% to apply) and for an outstanding Wayne County Failure To Appear Warrant for Unlawful Participation in Methamphetamine Production (Bond $10,000 10% to apply). 38-year-old Traci R. Parker, of Louisville, was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property over $10,000 and Possession of Methamphetamine (bond was set in the amount of $25,000 10% to apply). 19-year-old Clay N. Pritchard, of Louisville, was arrested for Burglary (bond was set in the amount of $10,000 10% to apply). A juvenile was also taken into custody and transported to a juvenile detention center in connection to this incident.

The charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.