Haybine stolen after family makes purchase at local farm auction
Updated: Wednesday, March 5 2014, 11:37 AM EST
By: Kerri Corrado
SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa.--
A family spent thousands of dollars on an expensive piece of farming equipment, then went to pick it up and it was gone.
"My husband called me at home and said, 'You're not going to believe this, but our haybine was stolen,'" Shelly Craft says.
The haybine is 12 feet wide and yellow and red in color. Police say someone stole it from Penrod Farm on Arrow Road in Paint Township after a farm auction.
Craft says her family placed bids on the machinery and then purchased it.
"Whenever my husband returned on Sunday at daylight to tow the haybine home, it was missing," she said.
She said her excitement of the purchase quickly turned to shock.
"I was like, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, enough that I actually scared my daughter, so she came running out of the room. She didn't know what happened," she added.
Police say the vehicle that may have taken the haybine was a black Dodge diesel pickup truck that was headed toward Route 56.
It may be just a piece of machinery, but one that the Craft family relied on for their farm.
"You never rest, you don't take a vacation. It's a 24-hour-a-day job and I can't explain the emptiness our family has gone through in the past couple days," she said.
The family is now left wanting answers.
"We actually don't know what direction to go from here. That's why we are reaching out to anybody, any of our friends, any businesses, anything that can locate this piece of machinery," she said.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.