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October 24, 2012   Email to Friend 

Barbour County Federation’s Donation Helps Fight Theft
Miranda Mattheis

Barbour County Farmers Federation President Larry Dykes recently presented a $3,200 donation to the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department. The money was used to purchase two Tasers and five pieces of night vision equipment. From left are Alfa Insurance Agent Rickey English, Dykes, Barbour County Sheriff LeRoy Upshaw and Barbour County Jail Administrator Ryan Conner.

The Barbour County Farmers Federation recently made a $3,200 donation to the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department, enabling officials to purchase much-needed equipment.

The donation funded the purchase of two Tasers and five pairs of Cats Eyes Night Vision equipment, which can protect area farmers from being victims of copper theft.

“We’re able to get out and do a more thorough surveillance of properties now,” said Barbour County Sheriff LeRoy Upshaw. “This equipment allows us to see people stealing copper, steel and other items. If they’re messing up irrigation systems, stealing farm equipment or participating in other unlawful activities, we can stop them.”

Larry Dykes, president of the Barbour County Farmers Federation, recognizes the local sheriff’s department is the only source of protection for farmers.

“The sheriff’s department is the only type of security we have in the county,” Dykes said.

Alfa Insurance is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction for the theft of copper and other metal from poultry houses, farm irrigation systems and other property in Alabama covered by an Alfa Insurance policy. Alabama Farmers Federation members already benefit from a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction for theft from their property.

Anyone with information related to the theft of copper is encouraged to contact local law enforcement officials. For more information, visit AlfaFarmers.org.

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