Sheriff seeks suspects behind farm field 'turfing' - WNEM TV 5

Sheriff seeks suspects behind farm field 'turfing'

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Huron County Sheriff's deputies were called to investigate after a farmer found his cornfield heavily damaged.

On Thursday afternoon, deputies responded to the Willard R. Sengstock farm on Minden Road in Bloomfield Township to investigate the damaged. The field, located on Swayze Road between Minden Road and Finkel Road, had several paths cut through it, which appeared to have been done by some type of light truck.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said damage to the field and crop could exceed $1,000.

Deputies also found evidence that the suspect vehicle hit a ditch bank and the vehicle got stuck. Authorities said a second vehicle had to come and free the first vehicle.

Further turfing damage was also discovered to a nearby black bean field on Swayze Road. This field is owned by Dennis and Marcia Karg, who also live on Minden Road. At this scene, deputies recovered a skid/steer wheel from the field. They speculate that it likely bounced out of a pickup's box as the vehicle was spinning around.

Hanson said the Karg's are attempting to estimate the dollar amount of damage to the field.

Finally, yet another nearby Swayze Road field filled with wheat stubble was found turfed. This field belongs to another Minden Road resident, Ted Rink. Hanson estimates monetary damage should be minimal in that turfing incident. 

Investigators said the think the damage was done late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. The suspect vehicle should have damage on it from hitting a ditch and pieces of corn stocks should be evident.

"We ask that anyone with any information on these incidents to please call our office during regular business hours at 989-269-6500 or Huron Central Dispatch at 989-269-6421," said Hanson in a news release.  

Confidential callers can also use Huron County's TIPS Line by calling 989-269-2861.

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