Reward offered in connection with Lakeview farm theft

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:39 am on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

CATO TOWNSHIP — A reward is being offered in connection to a Lakeview-area theft last week.

Henry Behrenwald, a Lakeview farmer, was victimized by theft between the night of Wednesday, Sept. 5, and the morning of Thursday, Sept. 6.

Mr. Behrenwald was angered enough and has elected to offer a reward for information regarding his theft,” said Montcalm County Det. Sgt. Thomas Goerge. “Theft appears to be a growing trend in the northwest corner of Montcalm County. Mr. Behrenwald, a prominent farmer and businessman, suffered a loss that has become all too common place in the region. The majority of items taken, it is feared, will be sold as scrap and destroyed.”

Goerge said many of the items that were stolen should be easily identifiable due to their uniqueness. Stolen items include approximately 20 batteries, many of which are used in heavy equipment and are very large, some as large as 19-by11-by9 inches tall.

Additionally, brass sprinkler heads used on irrigation pivots, copper cables, extensions cords, a brass Oliver tractor radiator, several electric motors, alternators and starters are missing.

One electric motor was a large three-phase motor with an orange irrigation pump attached.

Some of the starters were for irrigations systems and not for automotive use. The alternators were used in a large equipment application.

Behrenwald continues to compile a list of the stolen items. He is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the theft.

Tips can be called in to the Sheriff’s Office tip line at (989) 831-7593 or to Goerge at (989) 831-7516.

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