STAR -- Ada County sheriff's detectives are looking for someone who stole 220 bales of hay from a field in Star earlier this month.

Earlier in the week, the owner discovered the bales were missing from a haystack on his property on State Street. The stolen hay cost the man almost $3,000.

The gentleman who owned it was there on the 26 when he went to feed the cattle, said Star Police Chief John Laraway. When he came back the next morning, he noticed a large gap and was able to figure out by rows and heights how much was missing.

Each bale weighs about 90 pounds, so whoever stole them had to spend quite a bit of time on the property and use a truck and trailer to take them away.

It's not something normally somebody would steal that large amount, said Chief Laraway. It was 10 tons of hay, that's not one load, that's two loads probably.

Lee Clark lives a few miles away from where the hay was stolen.

We've been here 20 years, 24 years right here, and I've been raising cows here ever since I moved here, said Clark. So I've been buying hay and raising hay ever since I've been here, and when I first started it was probably $60, $70 a ton, now it's up to $200 a ton, $220, $230.

Clark does not think the higher prices necessarily motivated the hay heist.

It's been happening forever, it doesn't matter what the price is, it's an easy way to make money, Clark said. If it's sitting on the side of the road, throw it in the back of the truck and drive off and put it up for sale and there's no way to track it.

Police say it happened sometime between January 12 and 26. If you have any information, you are asked to call the Ada County Sheriff's Office at 577-3702.

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