The alleged theft of $5000 worth of K-Line irrigation pods
from a farm paddock along State Highway 87 in the Sutton area
is puzzling Middlemarch police.
Senior Constable Helen Fincham-Putter said a farmer reported
the theft yesterday morning. It was believed to have occurred
some time during the weekend.
''With the bit of rain we had in the weekend the farmer
didn't need to turn it [irrigation] on, and when he went out
to turn it on again he found the pods were gone,'' she said.
About 120 of the pods had been cut from connecting pipes with
an axe or similar implement.
It was a job which would have required a truck, ute or other
large farm vehicle to remove the pods from the paddock, Snr
Const Fincham-Putter said.
''This is a real odd-ball thing, of all the things to take.
Further along in the paddock there was pumping equipment to
take water out of a creek, and that was still there,'' she
Each pod was about the size and shape of a car tyre.
''At this stage we believe the pods will still have a bit of
pipe connected at either side. I would think someone has
taken them to use them, because you couldn't use them for
She asked anyone with information about the matter to contact
her on 021 191-5082, or report anonymously through the
Crimestoppers line, 0800 555-111.