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Pig Theft on the Rise: A Few Bad Eggs or Organized Crime?

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Farmers in Mitchell County, Iowa, are reporting hundreds of pig thefts in the area and along the Minnesota border, and officials aren't even sure how they're pulling it off.

According to the Des Moines Register, Mitchell County hog farmers have lost more than 350 hogs since February. Combine that with recent Minnesota thefts -- 150 hogs were lifted from Nicollet County farmers and more than 550 from a single Kandiyohi County farmer, and we're looking at almost 1,000 snatched pigs.

If you're not familiar with pig prices, The Des Moines Register estimates 200 of the hogs recently stolen out of Iowa (relatively small 50-pounders) were worth around $10,000 total, or $50 a piece. The 700 stolen out of Minnesota added up to a whopping $134,000, pricing those pigs at just under $200 each.

Reed Kuper, an Iowa farmer who lost 150 hogs in February, thinks it's the work of just a few thieves.

He said, "What used to be a pretty safe and clean environment has been altered by a few bad eggs," adding these pigs thieves have been getting "greedier and more gutsy" since his own hogs were heisted a few months ago.

Police aren't so sure. They suspect a more elaborate operation is under way.

Nicollet County investigator Marc Chadderdon told The Des Moines Register, "It would take a well-organized operation to transport this many animals. I think they go out and they’re doing their recon ahead of time, and they’re picking these barns for reasons."

Kuper argues a couple of men could theoretically snatch up 100 hogs in "seven minutes."

You might be asking, why pigs? Because they're the perfect balance between size and value. Horses are too heavy and difficult to control, while chickens wouldn't even bring home the bacon.
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  • uninformedluddite 2011/10/02 00:04:18
    A few bad eggs
    uninformedluddite
    The christians will be upset when they find out that this is the rapture
  • Ray Cyst 2011/09/30 15:01:14
    Organized crime
    Ray Cyst
    Has Rosie O'Donnell gone missing yet?
  • mae 2011/09/28 15:10:14
    A few bad eggs
    mae
    It takes a couple of men 7 min. to steal, load ,and have 100 pigs down the road. Small operations, not organized crime.
  • kraftymomma1979 2011/09/28 15:08:03
    Organized crime
    kraftymomma1979
    I blame the aliens!
  • ToxicChili 2011/09/28 14:59:30
    Organized crime
    ToxicChili
    I wasn't aware that pigs laid eggs?
  • bob 2011/09/28 13:51:47 (edited)
    Organized crime
    bob
    It must be Michelle Bachman  Michelle Bachman s farm
  • FluffyCupcakespanker~PWCM~JLA 2011/09/28 12:42:24
    Organized crime
    FluffyCupcakespanker~PWCM~JLA
  • SpOoKs! 2011/09/28 06:08:49
    Organized crime
    SpOoKs!
    +1
    Aliens man...
  • POODYLOU ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮ 2011/09/28 05:59:24
    Organized crime
    POODYLOU ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    +1
    probably alien mafia
  • Rick 2011/09/28 04:52:37
    Organized crime
    Rick
    +1
    It's a conspiracy hatched by the CME and the PCA ... What's even worse might be that the crop of potential prom dates might have been reduced to dangerously low levels ...
  • mzemma 2011/09/28 03:57:56
  • BLACXKCOBRA/PRINCE OF THA U... 2011/09/28 03:43:11
    Organized crime
    BLACXKCOBRA/PRINCE OF THA UNITED STATES
    +1
    They r in Mexico having a party they be back
  • JohnFitzgeral12 2011/09/28 02:21:00
    Organized crime
    JohnFitzgeral12
    +2
    How on earth could it be otherwise? Where the hell do you put a bunch of pigs, let alone get rid of them?
  • TheNigh... JohnFit... 2011/09/28 03:46:52 (edited)
    TheNightFly
    +1
    It could be the missing pigs never existed in the first place. Or perhaps they were sold under the table to evade taxes and then reported stolen to collect the insurance and justify the write-off.
  • Z-Wolf 2011/09/28 02:15:46
    Organized crime
    Z-Wolf
    +2
    If it wasn't for so many being stolen I'd say a few bad eggs. I won't lie, I've wanted to steal a few pigs myself. They're effing adorable. I mean teacup ones. Some people actually raise them. I'd love to get my hands on one.
  • average... Z-Wolf 2011/09/28 08:02:32
  • Z-Wolf average... 2011/09/28 23:58:19
    Z-Wolf
    +1
    They were born to be stolen. lol
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2011/09/28 01:47:05
    A few bad eggs
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    I don't think the swine swindlers are organized crime, but I do think eventually they will reap what they sow.
  • Adam Julian 2011/09/28 01:00:06
    A few bad eggs
    Adam Julian
    +1
    Let me guess; The president is going to say that terrorists did it and we'll get into 2 different wars just like what George Bush did (acuse someone and attack/invade innocent countries)
  • Mario 2011/09/28 00:37:35 (edited)
    Organized crime
    Mario
    +5
    I know whats really going on, the pigs are uniting and are biding their time to liberate the other animals and throw the local government out on their a$s.

    Long live the revolution!!! (Oink, Oink)

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  • Captain... Mario 2011/09/28 01:21:45
    Captain Hindsight
    +2
    Yeah, that is the ticket. ;-)
  • Gray Pilgrim 2011/09/28 00:36:27
    Organized crime
    Gray Pilgrim
    +1
    They need the pigs for their sausage and peppers...
  • dandieselonian 2011/09/28 00:19:29
    Organized crime
    dandieselonian
    +1
    I say shoot the thieves and cut them up and feed them to the hogs dont even call the law just do it
  • WhereIs... dandies... 2011/09/28 01:47:45
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    And then YOU can eat them...ewwwww.
  • dandies... WhereIs... 2011/09/28 06:15:55
    dandieselonian
    +1
    you eat awful stuff every day and don't know it
  • Matt M 2011/09/28 00:10:54
    A few bad eggs
    Matt  M
    +2
    Interesting develoment. Maybe Washington isn't producing enough pork?
  • hasher 2011/09/27 23:53:35
    A few bad eggs
    hasher
    +1
    i was raised on a pig farm and i dont see how that many pigs could get stolen out from under the farmer. they are noisy and it seems like someone would have heard them unless they did it in the middle of the night. that would be a difficult heist to pull off. what i would like to know is where are they selling them? i would think all the markets would be tipped off as to whats going on. i feel bad for the farmer. all that hard work for nothing. its not cheap to raise hogs. trust me i know my dad and my brothers worked hard on our farm.
  • justryin2survive 2011/09/27 23:42:45
    A few bad eggs
    justryin2survive
    +2
    Where are they selling them? Just like with other money makers, people buying should be aware that they may be stolen. Maybe they'll catch the pignappers that way.
  • guitarplayer2571 2011/09/27 23:23:00
    A few bad eggs
    guitarplayer2571
    +2
    just a couple of redneck pig molesters out there! I wouldn't worry about it too much!
  • FluffyC... guitarp... 2011/09/28 12:40:41
  • guitarp... FluffyC... 2011/09/29 23:12:53
    guitarplayer2571
    +1
    lol! :o)
  • kennypart1 2011/09/27 22:59:04
    Organized crime
    kennypart1
    +2
    All signe point to it, it has to be pig mafia
  • Captain... kennypart1 2011/09/28 01:22:47
    Captain Hindsight
    +2
    Brilliant insight. ;-)
  • JoeM~PWCM~JLA 2011/09/27 22:58:30
    A few bad eggs
    JoeM~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Obviously they are organized, but not in the "organized crime" way. I think the Mob has better and nastier ways of making illegal money than stealing a few hundred thousand worth of pork.
  • mewycg 2011/09/27 22:22:12
    A few bad eggs
    mewycg
    Hunger! Do we think people would be bothering to paoch them troublesome porkies if the economy wasn't so stalled??? (Pigs poop a lot...) So 'None of the Above', it's just hunger... (And also maybe a few greedy creeps figured out that they can poach and sell to the people.)
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2011/09/27 20:14:16 (edited)
    Organized crime
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    +5
    Since they represent organized crime in my book, I'm thinking that Reid and Pelosi are behind it... Here's why: Without pigs, they can't rely on Pork Barrel Politics, and when supplies run short, they have to beg, borrow and STEAL.
  • justryi... DS in O... 2011/09/27 23:45:58
    justryin2survive
    +3
    these pigs are bush and cheney's weapons of mass destruction. We will be safer without them.
  • sylviaplatt 2011/09/27 18:54:31
    A few bad eggs
    sylviaplatt
    +1
    Maybe there are hungry people out there who actually need the sustenance a pig can provide. Our economy is at it's worst in quite a few years.Maybe some Muslims who don't want their Imam to know they have a liking for pork are doing it. Yes, there are Muslims in Iowa and Minnesota though maybe not in rural Iowa and Minnesota! Of course , if you are a believer of science fiction, you might think the pigs are rebelling because they don't want to be slaughtered for bacon! http://www.bigoven.com/upload...
  • Catita sylviap... 2011/09/27 22:50:34
    Catita
    +2
    if they are hungry........they could look for work, there are jobs anywhere, not as CEOs but something that will allowed them to get state help and 20 or 25 hours of honest work, why steal?
    what you are saying is that because of the bad economy these people are FORCE to steal? BS.
  • sylviap... Catita 2011/09/27 23:29:37
    sylviaplatt
    +2
    I am saying there are more whole families living out of there cars than there were five years ago. How does one find work when one lives out of a car!  family living out of a car

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