Theft Ring Hitting Bootheel Farms Broken Up

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO - At least three arrests have been made in the Missouri Bootheel in connection with a theft ring where culprits have been stealing items such as copper, aluminum and scrap metal from farming operations.

According to Lt. Ryan Holder of the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Dept., the primary targets of thieves have been pivot irrigation systems, grain bins and poultry houses.  The arrests follow a three-week investigation by authorities in Dunklin, Stoddard, Pemiscot and New Madrid counties.  Some of the thefts apparently date back to 2006.

Holder says much of the stolen goods were later sold to salvage yards and recycling centers in the Kennett area.

Additional arrests are expected.