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Eight tractors stolen

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Marion County Sheriff's reports

By The Staff

At approximately 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, deputies responded to Ocala Tractor, 5841 N. Highway 441, after the business owner reported a theft that occurred over the weekend. The owner reported that someone had cut the chain link fence and stole eight new “New Holland” tractors, still in the shipping crates and valued at more than $104,000. The missing tractors did not have tires on them.

An investigation revealed at least two people were involved in the theft and they likely used one or more fork lift tractors to load the stolen tractors on a flatbed trailer. The suspects were also likely driving a pickup truck.

If anyone has information regarding these suspects or this incident, please call Sheriff’s Office Detective Thomas Tingue at 438-5924 or Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP.

3 Deputies and school officials are looking for the person(s) responsible for racially derogatory graffiti found on the campus of Belleview High School on Monday, Feb. 1. The graffiti included the letters “KKK” and a Nazi symbol that was found on several exterior doors, windows and walls. The vandalism was cleaned immediately Monday morning.

Vandalism including graffiti is a second-degree misdemeanor. Anyone with information regarding the person responsible for this incident should call the Sheriff’s Office at 732-9111 or Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP.