$10K offered for info on stolen farm equipment

AFP Correspondent

WHITE TOWNSHIP (Nov. 1, 2015) — A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the apprehension of one or more people who took two large pieces of farm equipment from in front of S&L Equipment in White Township Monday, Oct. 19.
Kyle Shoemaker said surveillance cameras showed someone hot-wiring a four-wheeler used for hunting or hauling on rugged terrain and a tractor with a bucket-loader starting at 10:53 p.m. and leaving the property for the second time at 11:35 p.m.
“We can’t see all of what’s going on,” Shoemaker said, adding a second person could have been involved. He said tractors are notoriously easy to hot-wire. “It’s not as hard as a car.”
This is the first time in the 12 years since S&L became a Kubota dealership that equipment has disappeared from the lot, Shoemaker said.
However, he cited several other dealers who have lost equipment.
“It’s hard to say if this was some local crook or a professional,” he said.
He said hundreds of these machines are stolen every year and most are not recovered.
If they are sold locally they eventually turn up, but many are probably shipped overseas. Some are stolen along with the trailers they are on, he added.
Shoemaker said more expensive construction equipment may have anti-theft protection. The stolen equipment was valued at about $45,000, he said.
His father, Butch, who started the business 50 years ago, put up a $5,000 reward and another big farmer in the area put up another $5,000. Kyle Shoemaker said he didn’t know if the farmer was amenable to having his name released.
“Two cars went by when the tractor was across the street and on the back,” he said, explaining the surveillance cameras picked that up. “You’d think they would have seen something wrong and called the police.”