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MALTB investigation leads to arrest of suspect in Florida

Photo: Mike Crosse (Courtesy photo)

The Mississippi Agriculture and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB) investigation assisted the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office (SRSO) in the arrest of 52-year-old suspect Mike Cosse in Santa Rosa County, Florida. Cosse is a suspect in the thefts of agriculture equipment across Mississippi.

An investigation of multiple thefts of John Deere tractors and skid steers throughout the state of Mississippi led to a suspect named Mike Cosse in Florida. MALTB investigators contacted the SRSO to inform them of a Milton, Florida, resident who is a suspect in an ongoing investigation in Mississippi.

On March 1, the SRSO arrested Cosse after conducting an investigation into the suspected crimes. Cosse is thought to have made over $100,000 selling stolen equipment since late 2023. Cosse was released from Santa Rosa County Jail on a $182,00 bond. This is an open and ongoing investigation with additional arrests and charges expected in Mississippi.

To report any stolen agricultural property, please contact the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau at 800-678-2660. All Hot Tip Line callers shall remain anonymous.

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