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Vandals target area farms

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CHICKASAW CO. (KWWL) -- Several farms in northeast Iowa have recently been the target of vandalism.  In Fayette and Chickasaw Counties, hog confinement buildings and barns have been damaged.  A turkey farm in Bremer County was also hit.  Authorities aren't sure whether the cases are connected, but are encouraging farmers to be vigilant.

"There's no rhythm or rhyme to it.  We're really suspicious because somebody is actually targeting these confinement systems now.  So we're kind of worried of what they are going to do next.  Are they going to target beef producers, dairy operations?  So we're trying to alert everybody to be just a little more vigilant," said Chickasaw County Sheriff Marty Larsen.

The vandals haven't stolen anything or left graffiti.  But there is some concern whoever's behind the crimes could be dangerous.

"We wish that producers do not confront these people by themselves, that they alert us and get us rolling too.  Because in two of these incidents, we know there was a gun on site," Larsen said.

The sheriff says it's important for farmers to be on the lookout for anything unusual, from unfamiliar vehicles to suspicious activity, and to be sure to report it.

Any information you can provide about people or vehicles you see, might help law enforcement put a stop to the string of countryside crimes.

"I just hope it ends," Larsen said.

Area authorities have also notified the Farm Bureau, Pork Producers and Iowa Corn Growers Associations about the recent crimes.  They are helping spread the word to farmers to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

Online Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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