Durham ranch targeted by ag thieves

Mar 22, 2016 9:40 PM

A North State ranch is upgrading it's security, after being target by thieves three times. According to Gorrill Ranch CEO Daniel Robinson, in the early morning hours of March 14, surveillance cameras caught the latest theft. Says Robinson, two men pulled up to the cable strung between the fence, "Cable cut, truck circles back around, hooks up to the equipment, takes off, and gone." Robinson is referring to a 1982 refurbished Air-O-Fan Orchard Sprayer, valued between $40,000 and $50,000. "It certainly puts us into a bit of a challenge, because they're in such demand that there's about a 30 to 60 day wait to get a new one," says Robinson.

Cameras mounted on the front office show the theft taking place around 2:00am, when the Midway is pitch black. He says all investigators could tell about the thieves was that there were two of them, and they drove a black SUV. Robinson says to buy an upgraded camera would cost around $20,000. He says they plan to upgrade the fence and add a gate, to protect the farm equipment in the coming days.

If you have any information on this crime, or any North State agriculture crime, please contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office at (530) 538-7321.


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