Gonzales man arrested for felony theft


Ascension Parish deputies responded to a home on Black Bayou Extension in Gonzales in reference to a theft on July 8, according to Chief Deputy Tony Bacala.

It was learned during the investigation that a lawn mower and a farm implement used to bail hay was stolen from the homeowner’s yard. The stolen items were valued at nearly $600. A photograph of the suspect and his vehicle were captured by an alert citizen during the commission of the theft, according to Bacala.

Detectives further investigated the case and learned that Steven Keown, 54, of 42357 Churchpoint Road, Gonzales fit the description of the photos that were captured. It was also noted that Keown has a lengthy criminal history for committing this type of crime and had recently been released from jail.

As the investigation continued, it was learned that Keown visited a local recycling company to scrap items where he was driving a Toyota Tacoma, silver in color, matching the description of the vehicle that fled the scene from the residence on Black Bayou Extension.

As a result of the investigation findings, Keown was arrested on July 14 for felony theft. He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where his bond was set at $15,000.