"Stolen" Equipment Case Solved
UPDATE: It turns out the "stolen" equipment was never actually stolen; the would-be thief intended to sell it and then steal it.
In a statement TODAY, Megan Foster, Executive Director,
Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau (YSFB), thanked Lt. Casner and the Sutter County
Sheriff's Department; YSFB membership and local media, including this blog, for
getting the word out so swiftly; and everyone who called with tips.
“Because of the information the community provided,” Foster wrote, “deputies
have been able to ascertain the following:
"The rice equipment was parked for sale in Live Oak off of Hwy 99 by a
grower, and was not stolen," said Foster. "Apparently the suspect in question, who might have
been involved in a separate header theft, had taken photos of the parked
chopper for potential buyers in Southern California. Once a buyer confirmed the
desire to purchase, the suspect planned to steal a chopper, either those in
Live Oak or somewhere else.”
Thankfully, it was an case of pending thievery--a crime waiting to happen--caught beforehand.
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