In about two years, the Missouri Livestock and Farm Protection Task Force has recovered more than $2.9 million worth of stolen property from rural areas statewide.
The task force works with the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Rural Crimes Investigative Unit, local sheriffs and farmers to help stop theft of livestock and farm equipment, as well as crimes related to property and drugs, according to a news release from the governor's office.
“Two years ago, I reconstituted the Livestock and Farm Protection Task Force to track and respond to crime trends in rural communities," Gov. Jay Nixon said in the release. “The cooperation between state and local law enforcement, along with farmers and ranchers is making a real difference in recovering property, preventing livestock and equipment thefts, and making Missouri’s rural communities safer and more secure."
Of Missouri's 114 counties, 97 are deemed rural by the federal government, including Dallas, Polk and Webster counties.
As of Aug. 15, the task force has:
- investigated 891 incidents;
- helped to secure the arrest of 182 suspects; and
- recovered $2,871,738 in stolen property.
That property has included livestock, tractors, trailers, farm equipment, all terrain vehicles and fertilizer.
“Missouri farmers and ranchers have to deal with tough weather conditions, global competition and other challenges, so reducing crime and the fear of the theft of valuable equipment and livestock helps the bottom line,” Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Jon Hagler said in the release.
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