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Harrison Co. men accused of stealing farm machinery

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Derek Norris and Carlton Townsend (Courtesy: Floyd County Sheriff's Dept.) Derek Norris and Carlton Townsend (Courtesy: Floyd County Sheriff's Dept.)

CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Two southern Indiana men are charged with burglary and theft after prosecutors say they went on a spree stealing farm machinery.

Officials say the two have been stealing from southern Indiana farms and then taking the metal to scrap yards for cash.

Carlton Townsend and Derek Norris are charged with burglary and theft after machinery went missing from a farm near Borden, Ind.

"It was nothing more than a quick way to make a buck at somebody else's expense," said Clark County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull.

It's believed their spree stretched across several counties for several months.

"This is a situation where they were going around to farms in Clark County, possibly Harrison and Floyd County and locate anything made out of metal to take to scrap yards and sell," he said.

Mull says farmers are frequently targeted.

"Their property is spread out in buildings. They can't be everywhere at once," he said.

He said Norris and Townsend would drive around in the country in a pick up truck and when they found a farm that looked quiet, they would load up the truck and trade the stolen items for cash at a scrap yard.

"Farm implements, farm machinery, farm equipment, things that are essential to running a farm," said Mull.

Paul Kochert has been farming land in Clark County since he can remember.

"I'm happy they got caught," Kochert told WDRB.

The two didn't get away with anything from his farm but he's had equipment stolen in the past.

"You work hard for what you got and they steal it and haul it to a scrap yard for a few pennies on a dollar," he said.

Kochert thinks farms are easy targets because there's a lot more machinery around and a lot less people.

He said you simply can't lock everything up and that's why they rely on the buddy system.

"We watch each others houses and stuff pretty much and the neighbors too help. I mean, got lots of good neighbors," said Kochert.

Norris has a criminal history, including auto theft.

If you think Norris and Townsend have stolen from you, you're asked to call the Clark County Prosecutor's office.

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