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Hog thief sentenced to 10 years in prison

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OSAGE, Iowa (KTTC) -- A Hayfield man is sentenced to prison for stealing hundreds of hogs from farms in Minnesota and Iowa.   44-year-old John Arndt of Hayfield is sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing pigs in Mitchell County, Iowa.

He was ordered to pay nearly $55,000 in restitution and was placed on probation for three years for that charge.  The thefts happened at hog confinement operations in northern Mitchell County and Minnesota between November 2010 and September 2011.

We met up with one Iowa farmer who knows what the shock of having his hogs robbed from him feels like.  Ross Kupers' Osage, Ia. barn was robbed last February.  "We came to load out and all of a sudden, we were supposed to have 150 more gilts and they were gone, they weren't there," said Kupers.

"It's a thing when you hear that it's going on, you're just like 'oh jeez, we got it," said Kupers.

Sheriff's Deputy Greg Beaver told KTTC, Arndt was able to haul the pigs away in a pickup truck during the nighttime hours in six to eight different occurrences.

The current price on a hog can be anywhere from $175 to $200.  The Mitchell County Sheriff's Department reports the search isn't over because they say he wasn't working alone.

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