Police use GPS to track culprit behind farm thefts

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Search warrant documents against Howard Perryman, 67, now available to the public reveal how police investigators were able to locate the culprit behind a string of cattle and farm equipment thefts in southwest Missouri.

KY3 News reports that the police employed GPS tracking devices to follow Perryman’s movements. A tracking device was placed on Perryman’s truck in April. In the time before Perryman’s arrest, the GPS device logged Perryman’s presence in multiple counties outside the area of his bond. Data from the GPS revealed Perryman to be in the area of tractor thefts in Barry and Douglas counties.

Following the crimes, police investigators traced Perryman’s movements to properties in Christian and Seymour counties. While the Seymour property was vacant, neighbors reported having seen vehicles unload cattle and farm equipment on the estate.  

The police identified numerous pieces of equipment on the land as stolen and arrested Perryman in Greene County earlier this month. Read more here.

Problems with cattle rustling have caused the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association to ask the state legislature to strengthen the punishments for farm theft. Read more about the proposed bill here.

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