Over the past few weeks, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office has taken a handful of reports of stolen hay. This is a nationwide issue that authorities believe is attributable to the drought and resulting "significant increase" in hay costs, a news release from spokesman John Schulz said.
Incidents in Larimer County have been isolated, Schulz said, who has also read about similar cases occurring in Texas, the eastern U.S. and in England.
Just last week, a farmer from the East County Road 76 area reported to authorities that someone had stolen $5,000 worth of hay and caused $800 in damage to yet more hay. Round and square bales were stolen from the farmer's field, the news release said.
Owners should store hay out of sight and in a secure location, authorities recommend. Smaller bales should be stored near one's home, and people should ensure the security of fences and gates on their property.
Those with information about this or any other crime should call the Larimer County Sheriff's Office at (970) 416-1985 or Crime Stoppers at (970) 221-6868 where callers will remain anonymous and possibly eligible for a cash reward.
Staff Reporter Madeline Novey may be reached at (970) 416-3955.
Written by Madeline Novey
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