Cardrona Valley farmers are being advised by police to check
their stock, after a reported theft of sheep.
Senior Constable Sean Hurley told the Otago Daily
Times yesterday investigations were just beginning and it
was not yet known how many sheep were missing.
Pre-lamb shearing was under way in the area and he expected
to have a clearer idea of numbers once that was completed,
Snr Const Hurley said.
The investigation was likely to take several weeks.
Residents in the Cardrona Valley contacted by the ODT
yesterday were not aware of the reported sheep theft.
In March, Wanaka farm manager Dean Thomas Herd (38) was
sentenced in the Invercargill District Court to two years and
four months' prison after admitting 32 charges of stealing
deer, sheep and other items worth $335,000 from Criffel Deer
Ltd, Criffel Station, or West Wanaka Station, where he worked
over seven years.
After the sentencing, Criffel Deer Farm co-owner Mike Garnham
said he did not believe that Herd was acting alone.
''I'm in no doubt that there were other people involved ...
It could be a number like a half a dozen [other people] or
something of that sort.''
In November 2011, several sources in the Central Otago-Upper
Clutha farming industry told the ODT a large-scale
rustling ring had been operating for several years in the
area, involving a large organised network of people.