Sheriff's office investigating $20,000 vandalism case

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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.

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  • When they find em, tie em to a tree in round cane woods in the middle of squirrel season.. Let the bobcats and Mosquitos take care of them!!! Lol

    -- Posted by Wide Row on Thu, Jul 25, 2013, at 9:52 AM
  • This is where the DCSD needs to be patrolling and leave Dyersburg business to DPD.....

    There are as many county cars seen in the city as city cars.......

    -- Posted by J. Markham on Thu, Jul 25, 2013, at 9:40 PM
  • Please allow me to educate the un educated. 1st, The Sheriff's Office has 17 deputies to cover 526 square miles. That ranges from Trimble, Tatumville, Tigrett, Bonicord, Fowlkes, Unionville, Greatriver rd from Lauderdale Co to Lake Co, and Lane. And everything in between. Approx. 200 inmates that have to go to court daily, transported to dentist, Dr's offices chancery court, general sessions court, juvenile court and circuit court. mental patients that have to go to western mental health, charter lakeside and other medical places outside of Dyer. Co. The shifts normally have 5 assigned to each shift, leaving 3 cars working on any given day. If one is sick or on vacation, well, that leaves two.. The sheriff's office is responsible for providing security for each of the three court rooms not to mention the metal detectors in the courthouse. That is 5 assigned to the court house. (That explains cars in the city) The Sheriff's office is also responsible for all civil process in the city and county as well as all criminal papers (arrest warrants)from all three courts. (In the city and county) So to sum it up, WE are doing the best we can with the amount of people we have.. Have a great day..

    -- Posted by time2change on Thu, Jul 25, 2013, at 11:06 PM
  • Sorry, but you don't have to educate the uneducated time2change, I am very well educated and I very well know the operation of the SD, as well as the budget, etc.

    I'm not speaking of the civil nature, the court requirements, etc., I'm speaking of 9 PM , 11 PM , etc., nights when county cars can be easily seen setting on the side of 51 inside the city chatting to each other or cruising in city neighborhoods looking to make Meth bust. Yes indeed their jurisdiction is county wide, and yes indeed they may be working on information on a case; my point is those who reside in the more rural areas and have farm equipment in those areas deserve patrol and protection too. Those residents do not have the benefit of city protection and the county is their only provider. Patrol the county too!

    -- Posted by J. Markham on Fri, Jul 26, 2013, at 12:04 PM
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