In a world of modern-day crimes like identity theft and cyberstalking, a case of wheat rustling sounds downright charming. Just don't try to tell that to the grain growers in St. John who had allegedly had truckloads of wheat stolen by James Hughes over the past three years.
Police say the 52 year old Endicott man took advantage of his job hauling for the St. John grain growers co-op. Hughes is accused of taking extra loads from the co-op and selling them to terminals on the Snake River. Investigators say one clue was that Hughes, a farmer himself, couldn't possibly have produced the amount of wheat he was selling.
Hughes has been charged with 19 counts of First Degree Felony Theft. Each charge represents a theft of at least $5,000, meaning Hughes is accused of stealing no less than $95,000 worth of wheat. He'll make his first appearance in Whitman County Superior Court next month.
Source: KQQQ NewsTalk in Pullman