Irrigation Thefts Stumping Investigators

Erica Williams

DYERSBURG, Tenn- Thieves are targeting farm irrigation systems that are growing in popularity across West Tennessee.

According to the Dyer County Sheriff's Department, they are now investigating a string of thefts involving the expensive systems. The last one occurred about a week ago on Lovejoy Road in Dyersburg.

Employees at the Tennessee Tractor Company said they dropped off an irrigation system and when they returned a few days later to assemble it, they noticed pieces were missing.

Dana Watford, an employee at the Tennessee Tractor Company, said they are working with the sheriff's department and trying to protect their unattended products by adding cameras and other monitoring devices.

"All we can do is make it difficult for people to do this," said Watford. "And try to make it more difficult to sell the stuff back to the scrap yards."

Investigators said they are looking into all of the recent cases and are asking anyone who has information to contact the Dyer County Sheriff's Department at (731) 285-8284.


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