By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item
MIDDLEBURG — A $500 reward is being offered by the owners of N.S. Troutman and Sons for information that leads to the return of a likely stolen 1,200-pound steer.
Isaac Hassinger said he believes the red Limousin beef cow was stolen between 9:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 5 a.m. Nov. 6 from a locked barn just hours after it was delivered to the Middleburg company.
Another animal placed in the same locked pen was found a day later in a fenced pasture about one-half mile away after searchers followed its tracks.
Hassinger is certain someone stole the steer because it hasn’t turned up in a week, and he hopes someone has information that will lead to the animal’s return or a conviction.
“Someone knows something. People might be bragging about it,” he said.
Hassinger and his sister, Ashley, have been running the 96-year-old company for three years and employ 19 people at the plant, which processes 40 to 60 animals a week.
No animal has ever gone missing in its long history, he said.
State police at Selinsgrove hadn’t received any tips or information about the steer’s whereabouts as of Monday.
Anyone with information may call the Hassingers at (570) 374-4949.