BLM Wants Help Tracking Metal Thieves

By: Staff/BLM Email
By: Staff/BLM Email

FALLON, NV - The Bureau of Land Management wants help from the public with an investigation into recent thefts of metal fence posts, as well as vandalism and theft of other grazing improvements from grazing allotments in Churchill County. BLM is offering a reward of $1,000 for the apprehension and conviction of the perpetrators.

Since October, thefts of nearly 400 metal fence posts and other metal grazing structures such as water tanks and troughs have occurred throughout Churchill County. Thefts of these fence posts is a federal offense punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 or up to one year in jail.

A downed fence is dangerous to the public and livestock, as the unrestrained livestock is able to get on local roads and highways. Metal scrap yards throughout northern Nevada have been contacted by law enforcement and asked to watch for fence posts being brought in by local “scrappers” seeking money for the metal. BLM fence posts have unique qualities that allow for easy identification.

Anyone with information about these incidents may make a report by calling 775-885-6117 and leaving a message.

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