The Dyer County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case of vandalism that resulted in over $20,000 worth of damage.
According to sheriff's investigators, local farmer Brad Studdard was checking on his land on June 29 when he arrived at a field he is farming at the end of Highway 103 near the Mississippi River. Upon inspection, Studdard found one of his John Deere tractors had been driven around and was partially buried in a muddy field. Before getting stuck, the tractor was said to have damaged the field. The tractor also had a Kinze planter on the back of it that was reportedly damaged in the process. An Argo spray rig was also reported to have been taken for a joy ride during the same time and damaged a field.
Sheriff's investigators say the frame on the planter was determined to be bent and costs an estimated $20,000 to replace. Further damages were assessed due to the damage done to the field and the cost of having a tow-truck come and pull the tractor out of the mud.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about the case to come forward. If you have information about the case, contact the Dyer County Sheriff's Dept. at 731-285-2802 or Crime Stoppers of Dyer County at 731-285-TIPS. Crime Stoppers will pay a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.