Crime

‘No one has the right to just drive off’ with cattle farm’s machinery

A gooseneck trailer, hay cutter and hay baler were stolen from a cattle farm near Stone County on Saturday.
A gooseneck trailer, hay cutter and hay baler were stolen from a cattle farm near Stone County on Saturday.

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Metro Crime Stoppers need help to identify whoever took a custom trailer carrying farm equipment from a cattle farm on the Stone-Forrest county line Saturday.

Investigators said the robbers hitched the 24-foot gooseneck trailer to the pickup truck they were driving and headed south on U.S. 49 toward Stone County.

A Kuhn hay cutter and Vermeer Rebel 5310 hay baler were on the trailer, said Diane James, coordinator for Metro Crime Stoppers. They are worth many thousands of dollars.

The machinery was taken from a family that operates a cattle farm, and it wasn’t insured, James said. The owners, who had served in the military, hope the robbers are found and their equipment recovered.

“They’ve taken quite a hit,” James said.

The Agriculture Department and Metro Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for tips that lead to the arrests of people involved in the theft and the recovery of the machinery.

“Give us a call so we can help the owners recover their hard-earned property,” James said. “No one has the right to just drive off with it.”

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-7867. All calls are anonymous and confidential. Callers are given an identification number so they do not need to reveal their names.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @JustinMitchell_

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