REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO ARREST
OF SUSPECT(S) INVOLVED IN RECENT IRRIGATION PIVOT LINE WIRE THEFTS
COEUR D'ALENE, ID – April 4, 2013 Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the recent theft of copper wire from area irrigation pivot lines.
The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office is investigating numerous thefts of copper control wire from area irrigation pivot lines. Since October 1, 2012 there have been 14 reported thefts of copper wire. In total, the victims of the thefts, primarily Prairie Field Growers, have had over nine thousand feet of control wire stolen from their pivot lines. The financial impact to the victims is over $28k just to replace the wire, which doesn't include the labor and equipment to install it.
It appears the suspect(s) drive into the fields, cut the control wire and pull the wire from the pivot lines with a vehicle. At this time, no suspects or vehicles have been identified.
Recyclers and scrap vendors should also be on the lookout for individuals attempting to sell this type of copper wire. Idaho's law is clear that a person commits theft when he/she knowingly receives stolen property under circumstances as would reasonably infer him/her to believe the property is stolen.
Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest and law enforcement officials are asking for the public's assistance by offering the reward for any information that will help solve these crimes.
All information received through Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is kept completely confidential. Callers do not have to give their names or appear in court. The Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest tip line does not use any tape recording or caller ID devices. Tips can be made by calling the Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest tip line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) OR by accessing the anonymous tip form on the Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest webpage: www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org