Local farmer Tom Yarbro is offering a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for damage conducted on his property over the weekend.
On Sunday morning, Sept. 30, Dyer County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jeffrey Williams was dispatched to the W.K. Ford Boat Ramp on Bunge Road when residents riding four-wheelers discovered a semi-truck abandoned in the woods. The vehicle, which had Yarbro Farms painted on it, was wedged between some trees on a four-wheeler/off-road trail north of Yarbro's shop. It was missing the battery cover.
Williams' paperwork reports minimal damage to the truck. However, the report states recovering the truck would take considerable effort as the location was too remote for the use of a wrecker.
Yarbro was contacted and his farm manager, Thomas Rogers, arrived. Rogers said he could use chainsaws and equipment to move the truck. Damage to the truck was estimated at $300, with labor and lost work time estimated at $2,700.
The report states the truck was last seen at approximately 5:30 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 29, in a field where beans were being harvested just over the levee from Yarbro's shop on Bungee Road. The truck had been removed from the location and driven around the field. The levee was crossed and the truck was abandoned after it was stuck.
Williams reported that due to the harvest, damage to the field was negligible.
Rogers said a white Chevrolet four-door Z-71 had been parked at the Yarbro shop on Saturday evening and the shop's camera equipment would be reviewed for further evidence.
Those with information pertaining to the incident may contact Dyer County Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Terry McCreight at 285-2802, ext.112 or tmccreight@ co.dyer.tn.us.