KIMT News 3 – Theft is nothing new for farm equipment dealers, in fact, theft is becoming an even bigger problem. Those at SEMA Equipment fell victim to the crime late last week. Now, they are offering a hefty reward to hopefully get their property back.
“We got here Friday morning and discovered 3 gators were missing, obviously they had been stolen,” says Ag. Sales Manager with SEMA Equipment, Brendt Warrington.
This isn’t the first time he has seen equipment go missing from their LeRoy, Minnesota location.
“It’s always been a little threat, but I’d say it’s definitely getting worse more recently,” says Warrington.
They are on the hunt for those three John Deere Gators, each costing around $16,000. To do that, they are offering a hefty reward.
“If anybody has any information leading to an arrest, we do have a reward out there. The reward is $4000 for each unit,” says Warrington.
They’re not the only ones who have come across missing equipment from time-to-time. In Iowa, implement dealers say, they’ve encountered serious thefts too.
“It’s been an ongoing problem over the years. We always have equipment that’s either stolen or missing, so it always makes you wonder what happened to it or where it went,” says North Country Equipment Store Manager, Kelly Ott.
Both say once that equipment is gone, it’s very difficult to get it back. It could be stolen for use, but Warrington says, most likely the thief will try to sell it for quick cash. Which is why it’s important to know what you’re buying. Always check the serial number with your local dealer to make sure what you’re buying isn’t stolen or missing. They will be able to tell you if you’re making a safe purchase, because you definitely don’t want to be out thousands of dollars when the product you bought turns out to be stolen.
“If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” says Ott.
SEMA Equipment is in the process of implementing more security measures to hopefully prevent this from happening again. If you have any information, you are asked to contact your local authorities. Five other gators have been stolen in Northfield Minnesota and Wanamingo Minnesota since the beginning of the year.
The serial numbers for the missing SEMA Equipment Gators are listed here:
1M0825GEJEM083136 – 825i
1M0825GECEM086541 – 825i
1M0825GSHEM081710 – 825i