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Rash of Thefts has John Deere Dealership on High Alert

Updated: 08/11/2014 7:13 PM
Created: 08/11/2014 4:52 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

A rash of costly thefts has several southern Minnesota John Deere dealerships on edge.

The thefts are happening at dealerships owned by SEMA Equipment Inc. The most recent theft was at a dealership in Leroy, Minnesota, on the Iowa border.

Three John Deere Gator utility vehicles were stolen last week. The thefts are a big hit to the company, because the vehicles are valued at almost $16,000 each.

"Leroy typically hasn't had any trouble with it, but our other locations have had several stolen this year. We’ve had a total of eight stolen and a zero track mower. And for anybody who helps us find them there is a $4,000 reward per unit," said Brendt Warrington of SEMA Equipment.

The company believes they're being targeted specifically. There are no leads on any suspects.


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