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Suspicious Activity Report Stops Soybean Theft



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A Geddes, South Dakota resident foiled an early morning soybean theft.

The resident noticed a semi-truck and trailer loading grain at the Geddes Elevator around 4:30 Thursday morning and reported the suspicious activity to police. The Charles Mix County Sheriff pulled the semi over outside of Geddes and asked the driver for the load paperwork.  The driver, Jeff Eckert from Pilger Nebraska, could not provide any paperwork and was escorted back to the elevator.  It was determined that Eckert did not have permission to load any soybeans.

The trailer was loaded with 1,175 bushels of soybeans worth nearly $17,000. After the value of the beans was determined, Eckert was arrested for grand theft.

Charles Mix County Sheriff Randy Thaler says that if the citizen had not contacted authorities, the Geddes Elevator would have been out a lot of money. Thaler went on to say that this is an example of why it's important to report suspicious activity.
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