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14 calves stolen in LeRoy
Le Roy, N.Y. - Fourteen calves were stolen over a course of a month from Utterly Better Acres Dairy Farm in Le Roy.
The owner Don Krenzer said, "After the six were taken we knew there was something definitely going on."
That's when Krenzer decided to put someone on watch, and the fourth time the thieves hit the farm, a worker witnessed the entire theft.
"Somebody pulled in with a minivan backed up to where we keep the calves, opened the back door of the minivan, threw two of the calves in then closed the door," said Krenzer.
The witness didn't confront the thieves, but described them to Genesee County Sheriff's deputies.
The suspects are described as a white female with short hair, and a heavy set white male either bald or with short hair. Investigators say the minivan was dark in color, possibly burgundy.
"Myself, and my employees, work hard to raise these animals and do a good job," said Krenzer. "I don't quite understand why they would come and take them."
Krenzer has been running his dairy farm since 1981. With 500 milking cows, the calves are another vital part of his operation.
The calves weigh less than 100 pounds, so easier for thieves to pick up and take away. The owner says they're valuable, priced at about $250 each.
"With the price of beef being high, somebody's looking to make a little money somewhere," said Krenzer.
Krenzer told 13WHAM six of his calves have been found and returned. He's hoping to get the rest back.
The dairy farmer added a lock and key to the barn holding the calves, and plans on adding a camera system for more security.