Police urge vigilance after 260 first-cross merino ewes stolen from Bigga property

STOCK THEFT: 260 first-cross merino ewes were stolen from a property in Bigga. Photo: NSW Police
STOCK THEFT: 260 first-cross merino ewes were stolen from a property in Bigga. Photo: NSW Police

Police have urged property owners to be vigilant after the theft of 260 merino ewes in Bigga.

Rural crime investigator Senior Constable Dale Croker said the sheep were stolen from a property on Greenmantle road over a 12-month period. He said they were taken in smaller lots of 40.

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A conservative estimate placed the total value of the 260 first-cross merino ewes to be over $39,000. Senior Constable Croker said many of the ewes were heavily in lamb which increased value.

"[The thief] is someone who knows the property."

He encouraged residents to be vigilant and "keep an eye out for anything suspicious".

The police officer said property owners should pay particular attention to trailers covered with tarps that could be used to transport stock.

Senior Constable Croker advised that Property Identification Code (PIC) tags could be cut out and replaced by thieves, while ear marks were "harder to offload".

He said the stolen ewes had a "very distinctive ear mark".

Some of the sheep also have two holes in their left ear from ear tag removal.

Ear mark identification for the stolen sheep.

Ear mark identification for the stolen sheep.

Anyone with information about the theft or current location of these sheep are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Alternatively, contact Goulburn police or the Hume Police District Rural Crime Investigators on 4824 0799.

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