670 pigs stolen from farms in Gunma Prefecture
Japan Today -- Aug 26
Thieves have stolen about 670 pigs from Gunma Prefecture farms since the beginning of July. According to Gunma Prefectural Police, there have been at least seven such thefts at pig farms in Maebashi, Ota and Isesaki cities.

Police said that the stolen animals were worth about 20 million yen, Fuji TV reported. A spokesman for Japan Agricultural Cooperatives in Maebashi said that about 180 pigs were taken from five farms that use simple, unit-type infrastructure for their pig barns. All the thefts occurred at night.

In addition, there have been three cases in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture, where calves from dairy farms were stolen between June and August. According to Ashikaga police, six calves―including a two-week-old Japanese black cattle breed―with a total market value of 2.75 million yen ― were stolen over the summer.

豚、約670頭、総額2000万円相当が盗まれました。  警察によりますと、先月上旬から群馬県内の少なくとも7カ所の養豚場で豚が盗まれる被害が相次いでいます。被害は子豚を中心に合わせて670頭、2000万円以上に上ります。なかには一晩で50頭が盗まれるケースもありました。警察はグループによる組織的な犯行の可能性もあるとみています。一方、群馬県の事件との関連は不明ですが、隣の栃木県では6月からこれまでに子牛ばかり6頭が盗まれる被害が出ています。
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