Stolen combine recovered

UPDATED 1:55 P.M.

DECATUR — A combine reported stolen from a farm field in eastern Macon County early Friday has been recovered.

Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh said it was recovered at 11:40 a.m. in a field northeast of Homer in eastern Champaign County, about 60 miles from where it was stolen. Walsh said a farmer noticed it and called a sheriff's deputy. The deputy located the serial number and discovered it had been reported stolen.

Macon County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Brown said a farmer in the Casner area arrived at his field Friday morning to go to work and found his John Deere 9600 combine was gone.

"The suspect who took the combine left a John Deere Z777 riding lawn mower," said Brown.

Deputies tracked down the owner of the riding mower and discovered that it had been stolen from rural Findlay in Shelby County, meaning the thief would have driven about 15 miles on the mower to get to the combine.

The lawn mower owners were unaware it had been stolen until notified by the Macon County sheriff's deputy.

Brown described the combine as a large piece of equipment.

Mike Miller, a Central Illinois John Deere dealer, said the 9600 combine was produced between 1989 and 1997 and would be worth anywhere from $20,000 to $60,000, depending on its age and condition. Its top speed is about 25 mph, he said.

The mower, Miller said, is even slower than the combine at its top speed.

Brown asked anyone with information on the stolen mower or combine to contact the Macon County sheriff's office at 217-424-1311.

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Joe American wrote on August 31, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I want to be furious about this, but I can't stop laughing for long enough to compose myself.

dd1961 wrote on August 31, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Talk about a low speed chase....

Ellen wrote on August 31, 2012 at 3:08 pm

OMG Joe...me either. The update is even better than the first post !

Beem wrote on August 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm

"Deputies tracked down the owner of the riding mower and discovered that it had been stolen from rural Findlay in Shelby County, meaning the thief would have driven about 15 miles on the mower to get to the combine."

Is that what that means? Here's kind of a radical idea but maybe it was done with more than one person and they hauled the mower in a truck??

curiousq wrote on August 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm
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So you are saying 2 people loaded up a mower in a truck, drove to the field were the combine was, unloaded the mower, one of them got in the combine and drove off and the other one followed in the truck? 

Beem wrote on August 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Yes, this sounds more like a practical joke than a real "crime." Maybe a group of young college students or frat guys or something looking for something funny to do.

LBrooks wrote on August 31, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I must watch way to many cops shows, because all I keep wondering is where was this guy coming from and where is he heading? He seems to be able to find some form of transportation in rural farm land, and nobody seems to be paying attention to him. And no matter how fast he is moving, or rather not moving, he is styaing way under any radar that could be looking for him.

whatithink wrote on September 02, 2012 at 1:09 pm

They know the person(suspect) responsible for this and he is on the run.  Why don't they publish that?  He is a loose cannon that has been in a mental facility, spent all summer in jail for beating up his father, and is a nut job.  Our wonderful Champaign County court system and the worthless judges let him go after serving 72 days,  on probation and gave him 60 days to get a mental evaluation.  He also stole a pickup truck after the combine and attempted to steal a dumptruck.  He crashed his truck full of stolen metal he scrapped off machinery and the cops found it near where the mower was taken. He hasn't been found yet.

pangloss wrote on September 05, 2012 at 1:09 pm

"Brown described the combine as a large piece of equipment."

Really?  You don't say...

lol @ this whole article.  Somebody send it in to Jay Leno.