The Independence County Sheriff’s Office is looking for thieves who have been targeting poultry work crews.

At 3 a.m. Friday deputies were notified that a worker van had just been broken into while at a chicken farm near the 8000 block of Harrison Street. The Unicon Operating Company employees advised that they were working and saw a male subject wearing a dark camouflage jacket get into their work van and then start running toward Harrison Street. When the employees checked the van they discovered three backpacks missing which contained their paychecks and cell phones.

Then at 4:46 a.m. another call came in from a poultry work crew working at a chicken farm in the 3000 block of Pfeiffer Road. Again four backpacks were missing, along with items inside including a gold chain, several cell phones, and altogether about $800 in cash. One employee had seen a gray Pontiac Grand Am vehicle in the area before they discovered the van had been broken into. One of the complainants reported a similar incident happened to a crew of poultry workers recently in Sharp County.

The areas were searched for the suspect with no results.

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