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Ohio farms dogged by battery thieves

Sheriff’s deputies in Paulding, Ohio, are investigating reports that batteries are being stolen from farm tractors and barns.

The thieves have been targeting tractors parked in fields or along roads, police said.

In one of the thefts, a man with a heavy build and wearing a bandanna was seen leaving the area in a blue Chevrolet extended-cab pickup truck with a white decal in the back window.

He was white and had tattoos on his neck and arms, police said.

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office at 419-399-3791 or email Sheriff Jason Landers at