Northeast Kansas authorities looking for bean thieves

November 08, 2017 - 5:36 am

OTTAWA, Kan. (KNSS) - With soybeans at 10 bucks a bushel, rural burglars are diversifying from copper wire and farm trucks. Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards says he’s now getting reports of soybean rustling.  

Sheriff Richards says although some cutting is sometimes mistaken as theft, deliberate bean-napping is plausible.

"It could be that people are going out and taking extra crops," said Sheriff Richards.  "We've had it both ways with hay fields in the past.  Where they hayed an extra section that they shouldn't have by mistake, or we've had it where its an intentional thing.  And it could be the same thin with the beans this time."

An Ottawa-area farmer reported this weekend that someone made off with 50 bushels of beans, netting someone around $500. 

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