Police: Soybean theft was a false alarm

Thursday’s reported theft of about $9,200 worth of organic roasted soybeans from a Tuscola County grain bin turned out not to be a crime, after all.

Police were sent to address in eastern Tuscola County on Thursday after “somebody stole a truckload of roasted soybeans,” according to an emergency dispatch about 12:20 p.m. Thursday.

Dispatchers sent officers to the 7000 block of Mushroom Road, east of Crawford Road.

A Facebook post on the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office page early Friday morning reported that “approximately 28,000 pounds or 460 bushels of organic roasted soybeans were stolen from grain bins located at a local farm in the area of Lamton Road and Mushroom Road.”

The sheriff’s office clarified the situation before noon Friday, however.

A farmer was supposed to pick up beans from the Kingston Township location, but “took beans from the wrong bin by mistake,” according to the sheriff’s office, which announced that investigators had closed the complaint.

Jim Sattelberg, president of Everbest Organics Inc. in Bay County’s Merritt Township, said organic roasted soybeans could be ground into meal and fed to cattle.

Sattelberg indicated that 460 bushels of organic roasted soybeans would be valued at about $9,200.

Though the reported theft on Thursday ended up as a false alarm, Sattelberg recalls a time when Tuscola County navy beans were the target of midnight thieves.

“A long time ago when I was younger, when the price of navy beans got over $60 (a bushel), I heard of people went and threshed beans right out of a field – and they weren’t the owners of the beans, either,” said Sattelberg, a Caro resident.

“They’d take their own equipment out there and thresh navy beans in the middle of the night. I don’t remember exactly what year that was going on – it had to be in the late 1960s.

“I can remember it, though.”

Tom Gilchrist is a staff writer for The Advertiser. He can be reached at [email protected].

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