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Farm equipment among stolen items found on Missouri property

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Stolen John Deere equipment was found on a property in Missouri.
Stolen John Deere equipment was found on a property in Missouri.

A large quantity of items, including farm equipment, was found on a piece of property in Clay County, Missouri, the Kansas City Star reports.

According to the paper, hundreds of items were found on 2 acres of property in Missouri City. Along with farm equipment, law enforcement officials are sorting through a collection of items that spans from chain saws and household appliances to compressors and building materials.

A woman at the residence located on the property was arrested, and authorities continue to search for a man seen fleeing from the scene. The paper quoted Clay County Sheriff Bob Boydston as saying that the site was "the Home Depot of stolen property."

The paper noted that law enforcement officials found the collection of items after responding to a call regarding gun shots directed at a dog that had injured a goat located on the property. Deputies from the department entered the house on the property, but then backed off when they found a 3.5-foot-long python inside.

Authorities say they expect it will take a few days to sort through the items found on the property.

Recently, a farm equipment theft ring was disrupted by law enforcement officials from Louisiana and Mississippi. Three people were taken into custody as a result of the investigation, which included stolen John Deere lawn mowers.

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