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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Ted Swanson
Petty crime and burglaries aren't unusual in New Mexico's isolated Guadalupe County, but lately Sheriff Michael Lucero has seen thieves steal something a bit unexpected: grass.
Swanson said the thieves knew what they were doing because they stole high quality alfalfa from storage and ruined lower quality to get it.
"I felt sort of astounded," said Swanson, who never had been robbed of hay in 20 years of owning his ranch. "I couldn't believe it happened."