(WLBT) - Timber thieves, cattle rustlers and other criminals committed millions of dollars worth of agricultural crimes across Mississippi last year.
The State Department Of Agriculture And Commerce recorded $2.4t million dollars lost to crimes in fiscal year 2009, which ended June 30.
That number was down slightly from 2008, when the bureau recorded $2.6 million. The numbers cover everything from timber being illegally cut to cows being slain.
Equipment, livestock and timber make up the biggest portion of the amount, but the thefts include any type of crime related to agriculture.
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