Task forces battle theft on farms

October 12, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new effort is underway to curb metal theft and other property crimes at California farms.

Authorities say thieves are stealing everything from fuel to copper wiring to hay bales and other crops. Now law enforcement task forces have been created and expanded throughout the state to lower the spread of rural crime.

One task force in Northern California has arrested 37 suspects in recent months, recovering $170,000 dollars' worth of stolen property.