Archive for Wednesday, September 5, 2012

100 chickens stolen in unusual livestock theft

September 5, 2012


Authorities are investigating a cut fence and 100 missing chickens from a property in Ottawa.

“We have no idea what happened,” said Franklin County Sheriff Jeffry Curry. “But they’re missing.”

The missing birds, along with a missing four-wheel ATV and $1,000 mower were reported to police Saturday, Curry said. The owner, from Leawood, doesn’t live on the property, which is on the southeast edge of Ottawa, so it’s not exactly clear when the theft occurred.

A padlock to the property was undamaged, and it appeared the thieves gained access by cutting the fence.

Curry said it’s not unusual to field reports of livestock thefts in the county, but it’s generally for theft of larger animals, such as cattle or horses.

Could the birds have sneaked off through the empty fence? Curry said that’s unlikely, as they haven’t had any reports of loose fowl in the area.

Curry said they’ll follow up on the case like any other property theft.

“We absolutely take it seriously,” Curry said. “For the victim, it’s a pretty big deal.”

Curry estimates the chickens’ value at $600.

Police are hoping that a tip helps crack the case, but there are “no leads as of yet,” Curry said.

Because chickens aren’t tagged or branded, the sheriff says he’s not sure how they’ll be identified.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.


progressive_thinker 1 year, 7 months ago

Did anyone notice that September is National Chicken Month?

Just sayin........


CWGOKU 1 year, 7 months ago

Maybe they just flew the coop. Free ranged themselves.


verity 1 year, 7 months ago

Who fed the chickens? Ever heard of feeders? Do you fill your bird feeders every day?


deec 1 year, 7 months ago

Maybe a poultrygeist freed the chickens.


consumer1 1 year, 7 months ago

Who fed the chicken's if the owner didn't live on site?


CWGOKU 1 year, 7 months ago

Someone got their chickens plucked. Or the chickens took off on the ATV and lawn tractor. Nothing to squack about. Could be poachers.


introversion 1 year, 7 months ago

I like that the stolen ATV and the mower were a footnote to the allegedly stolen chickens.

Good detective work that the chickens maybe just maybe wandered out through the cut fence.

How is it that livestock were apparently left to their own for days at a time? I'd like to know what kind of chickens those were that could provide for themselves for extended periods.


g_rock 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm oddly hungry for some eggs over easy right now. Is there a pig missing too so that we can have some bacon?


riverdrifter 1 year, 7 months ago

Chicken rustlers. Times are tough, indeed.


oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 7 months ago

Might want to check out KFC. and chick fil la. I did have a tasty soup today on Mass st that had chicken in it. But then at the democratic convention there. were a hundred birds there since birds of a feather flock together.


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