‘Farm cop’ sees growth of agricultural crime in California’s Central Valley

Outlet: Los Angeles Times

December 31, 2010

It’s not even 11 a.m., and Jordan Whaley’s dashboard radio has been crackling all morning with crimes newly committed: crops pilfered, gas siphoned, copper wire stolen. This latest call is one of the strangest so far. Thieves have taken 54 brass valves from the irrigation system on Ryan Hopper’s orange farm. They’ve also stolen scrap metal from his tool shed and siphoned hundreds of gallons of fuel from a diesel tank on his field…

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