The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help locating a $45,000 tractor that was stolen from Meridian Implement in Rockford last week, and many people are wondering; how did the thieves pull this off?

One BIG Tractor Job

According to the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department, a Mahindra Tractor worth $45,000 was stolen from Meridian Implement at 1011 S Meridian Rd. in Rockford sometime between 9 p.m. on November 28, 2022, and 7 a.m. on November 29, 2022, and as of today, they still have no leads on who might have taken it.

While looking through the comments on that post, I noticed some very interesting things being brought up like;

How does one do that? That thing is huge.


Perhaps someone along Meridian, in Parker Woods has cameras that may have caught the act at least?


No gps tracker on a 50k piece of equipment? No cameras?


It can't be too far... I would think the police could get satellite photos and see exactly where it went.

While there are still a ton of questions that need to be answered about how this highly recognizable tractor, (and slow-moving tractor) was stolen, Meridian Implement did provide this answer to the question about the GPS tracker;

unfortunately this was one of the newest units and it hadn’t received a tracker yet. More will be put on for sure!

Could this be the work of someone rolling through Rockford that was already hauling big equipment on a trailer? Could it be one of Meridian's employees? If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department immediately at (815) 319-6431.

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