WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. – Seven baby calves, have been stolen from a dairy farm, and now authorities are asking for the public's help to solve the case.
The calves were stolen from the Deep Roots Dairy Farm late Sunday night.
The owner of the farm, Albert Marns, says he discovered the animals were gone on Monday morning when he awoke to find his barn gate cut open and seven calves missing, along with bags of milk replacement to feed them.
Marns makes his living raising cows for his dairy farm and his livelihood has taken a hit with the theft.
"Worse than killing a person actually, because in the old days you got hung for stealing,” said Marns.
Marns says he owns more than 400 cows, 50 of them calves, stored in this barn off Hendee road, all tied up with collars.
"You have no idea who took them, where they went, if they're even in New York State now, so you just don’t know where to look,” he said.
Each one of the calves is purebred and their owner says they have the papers to prove it. Each one stolen has an estimated worth of $500.
"That doesn’t sound like a lot, but times seven, it adds up,” said Marns.
Marns first called the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, followed by the local cattle auctions. However, even the sheriff admits that with only ear tags to identify them, it's going to take the public's help to track them down.
“We’re hoping that somebody might have some information,” said Washington County Sheriff Jeffery Murphy.
Although Marns says he knows finding the calves themselves are bleak, he at least hopes the public can help find the person responsible.
“I hope we find them, we'll probably never find them, but I would like to find the people who took them,” he said.
Marns and his family are offering a reward for anyone with information on his missing calves, saying if you see anything out of the ordinary, call the Sheriff immediately.
As for the remaining calves, he hopes the installation of security cameras in his barn will scare off any future crimes.