Coshocton County Farm Bureau presented a $2,500 Property Protection Program reward to member Bob Clark, third left, during the county’s Family Fun Day and Farm Bureau Extravaganza March 6. Also pictured are state trustee Paul Davidson, county president Jesse Whinnery and Organization Director Kari Burkey.
Clark received the reward for information that led to the arrest and eventual conviction of a person who stole an oil fired heater from his neighbor’s property.
“He was trying to sell it. He brought it to me in the summer, in the back of an SUV,” and Clark said both the timing and the transportation caught his attention. He recognized the heater because he had just repaired it earlier in the year for his neighbor. He quickly thought on his feet and said he couldn’t buy it that day but would contact the gentleman later to discuss. That gave Clark time to write down the man’s name, phone number and license plate.
After contacting the neighbor to see if the heater was indeed his, the neighbor realized the heater was missing, called the sheriff and the thief was arrested at an area gas station with the heater in his possession.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Property Protection Program has been in existence for more than 40 years. During that time, it has provided much publicity and has been said to be a deterrent to crime in rural areas.
In order to earn the reward, a Farm Bureau member must have $2,500 Property Protection signs or stickers posted on their property or vehicle at the time of the offense. The reward is paid to both Farm Bureau members and nonmembers who provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of someone who committed arson, malicious injury to property, burglary or other felonies on a Farm Bureau member’s property. It also is paid for the arrest and felony conviction of those who steal a Farm Bureau member’s car, truck, tractor or self-propelled equipment.
“We were pushing (member) benefits and talking about them at our event, so it made it wonderful to present the reward then,” Burkey said.
Contact county Farm Bureau offices to obtain $2,500 reward property protection signs and stickers.