Police officers in the rural municipality of Rosser, outside Winnipeg, Man., had been in the dark on the case of a $300,000 tractor stolen from a farming equipment shop just a few days before Christmas in 2010. Then a tip through Crime Stoppers last week led them to a farm some two hours away, near Fisher Branch, Man.
At the property, buried under a 4-metre high pile of manure, RCMP officers found the 2009 Case IH Steiger 485 tractor with 500 horsepower. The mound of dung hiding the tractor was so vast police had to use an excavator for two days to extricate the machine from it.
From the Globe and Mail:
Sgt. [Line] Karpish said she had seen people bury a lot of stolen items during her 30-year police career, like guns, drugs and jewellery. But never a tractor. And never in 4 1/2 metres of animal excrement. “You know what the beauty is of police work? It’s never the same,” she said with a laugh. “And the day any cop tells you he’s seen it all, well that one is full of you know what.”
A 24-year-old man was arrested and faces several charges, including theft over $5,000. A 22-year-old woman faces a charge of possession of stolen property.