A theft in southwest Nebraska of farm equipment worth nearly $500,000 may be solved. In April, a John Deere tractor and an experimental prototype planter were stolen from a field in Keith County, southeast of Paxton. The owner of the equipment, Roric Paulman of Sutherland, estimated the value of the two pieces of equipment at $475,000. Last week, Keith County Sheriff?s officials were in contact with Kansas law enforcement about a stolen John Deere Tractor that showed up in Colby, Kansas, and that 30-year-old Matthew T. Jones of rural Colby was in jail for possession of the stolen tractor. Once Keith County, Nebraska officials obtained a search warrant for Jones? property, they found the John Deere tractor matched the description of the one missing from Keith County and they found an experimental planter, though the serial number had been removed and has not been positively identified. The Keith County Sheriff?s Office received an arrest warrant for Jones for a class-3-felony and he was subsequently arrested with his bond set at $100,000. According to Keith County Sheriff Kevin Mueller, Jones may be connected to thefts reported in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Wyoming.
(Thanks to Joshua Mackey, KOGA, Ogallala)