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Agricultural Thefts Again on the Rise in Glenn County

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Updated: 6/27/2013 2:53 pm

The Glenn County Sheriff’s Department is soliciting the public’s assistance in reversing a discouraging trend, stating that “agriculturists are encouraged to take as many reasonable precautions as they can to protect their products and property from theft.”

The Department stated today that “rural agricultural crime is, unfortunately, once again on the rise in Glenn County”, and they are soliciting the public’s assistance in reversing a discouraging trend.

The department states that hay, diesel, agricultural commodities such as processed walnuts, and equipment are being targeted.

Here are some of the notable thefts in the month of June provided by the Glenn County Sheriff’s Department:

27June13/8:36 a.m.     

Theft of 100 plus bales of alfalfa hay from the area of Roads 33 and P.  Value: $1,000.  (As this is being written, Sheriff’s Deputies have quickly developed a suspect and an arrest has been made.  Some of the stolen hay has been recovered and returned to the victim/owner. The investigation is on-going)

26June13/3:42 p.m.

Theft of processed walnuts from Carriere Family Farms at State Highway 45 and County Road 54.  Valued at $91,455.  A detective from the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit was dispatched and an investigation has been opened. 

26June13/9:16 a.m.

Theft of approximately 250 gallons of red dye diesel from Rds. 1 and P, Lake District.  Value: $800.

25June13/12:57 p.m.

From the 6000 block of Rd. 27 in the Artois area, theft of a 600 gallon aluminum milk tank.  Value: $2,000.

23June13/9:48 a.m.

From Rds. 33 and P theft of approximately 50 bales of alfalfa hay.  Value: $600.

21June13/2:44 p.m.

Theft of hay, approximately 40 bales, from the area of Rds. 9 and MM in the Lake District.  Value: $480.

06June13/8:11 a.m.

Theft of hay, from Rds. P and 33.  Value:  $660.

05June13/7:18

Theft of hay from Rd. F, Orland area.  Value:  $231

 “It is understood that ranch and orchard operations are sometimes conducted during both day and nighttime hours and, at times, it may be difficult to discern what is a legitimate vs. an illegitimate activity,” The department stated in a press release today. “However, law enforcement responding to what is believed to be suspicious activity, such as a strange vehicle in the area, individuals loading hay at odd hours and without the aid of lighting if at night, the towing of tanks/equipment without proper vehicle lighting at night, all of which may be indicators of a crime in progress, will aid in the suppression of criminal activity and the apprehension of those perpetrating these types of crimes.”

The Department also indicated should you see suspicious activity in hay fields or at farms and ranches, you are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at  and report it, and you may remain anonymous. 
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