BLOOMFIELD, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former Nelson County High School principal returned from vacation to an empty barn, his two tractors stolen in the middle of the night.

The tractors were stolen from John Snider’s 100-acre farm on High Grove Road in the early morning hours of July 1.

“As the time goes on, you think about the vehicle meant to me and so forth,” Snider said.

One of the tractors, a red Ferguson 35, was handed down from Snider’s father and was used to give grandchildren hayrides and is nearly 70 years old. The other, a larger, newer Massey Ferguson 65, was also stolen from the barn.

Both of the tractors had a total value of approximately $10,000.

Snider asked local businesses if they had surveillance footage during the night, and an auction house in Bloomfield did. A tractor can been seen being driven down U.S. 62 around 3:30 a.m.

“I was thinking 'Oh my gosh. Who'd want to do something to him, because he's a sweetheart, and he would do anything for anybody,'” said Jane Graves who is a former student of Snider’s. “I am hurting for him, because when he told me the story this morning, it saddened me, because I know how much the tractors meant to him.”

Snider said he is not optimistic the tractors will ever be found or returned.

“It goes through your mind that you lost something that was yours and violated in a certain way,” Snider said.

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case. To report tips, call 502-348-3211

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