Turkey rustlers: £11,000 of birds stolen

September 23, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

Police are hunting a gang of rustlers who have targeted the same farm 20 times in a year – stealing £11,000 worth of TURKEYS.

The bird thieves have made off with the animals in a series of raids at Beech Tree Paddocks, near Newton Abbot, Devon.

Farmer Ian Johnson has been hit 20 times since 2009 and during the latest break-in at the weekend lost another 67 turkeys.

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Ian, 38, said he had employed a security guard but the thieves struck again – when he was off sick.

He said: ”It’s becoming rife. Employing an overnight guard has been painfully expensive, but necessary.

”The fact that they struck when he’s off sick tells me that people are watching. This is seriously organised stuff.

”This is easy money for thieves. It’s much easier than picking up a TV.”

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