- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A former employee of a northwest Louisiana chimpanzee sanctuary has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a tractor in 2013.

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator’s office says the ex-employee of Chimp Haven was arrested after deputies found him in possession of the $26,000 Kubota tractor.

In a Tuesday news release, the Sheriff’s Office says 42-year-old Keith Randall Matthews of Shreveport was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center on a charge of illegal possession of stolen things. It was unknown whether he had an attorney who could comment on the case.

The tractor was reported stolen nearly two years ago. Detectives received a tip recently that the tractor could be found on Matthews’ property.

Matthews said he had purchased the tractor from an unknown man in 2013 for $12,000.

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