Thefts Not Just A City Crime

Rural thefts causing headaches for law enforcement outside the metro.

The Cassgram reports the same thing has been happening in Otoe County and Douglas County. Thieves are wandering into barns, onto farm equipment or into construction sites and taking wire, metal, tools or whatever they can get their hands on. “We’re getting hit hard,” said Cass County Sheriff’s Lt. Larry Burke.

Often times it may be an abandoned farmstead with equipment buildings but there have been cases where thieves have hit on occupied rural properties, going into buildings or rummaging through junk piles, said Burke. It’s mostly been happening while people are asleep.

To those living in rural areas, “Your eyes would be appreciated,” said Burke. He encourages anyone who notices a suspicious vehicle to contact the sheriff’s department right away.

Burke compares it to situations a few years ago around Christmas time when gifts and jewelry were being stolen from isolated residences. However, citizens began alerting law enforcement to suspicious vehicles and the pre-Christmas thefts have hardly been a problem in recent years.

In the last couple of days, some items were taken from an abandoned farmhouse location along Highway 66 east of Louisville. There were two vehicle thefts reported—a 1993 Ford Ranger and a 1989 GMC pickup—from the same address on Highway 6 near Greenwood.


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