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No arrests in rustling probe

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/09/2016

The investigation into the theft of up to 500 dairy cows from a Canterbury farm has wound up with no arrests but police issuing a warning that auditing systems may be open to abuse and for farmers to thoroughly check who they employ.

The herd, potentially worth up to $1 million, was reported stolen from an Ashburton property last month.

On Monday, police released a statement effectively saying their investigation had been shelved unless more information cropped up.

"At this stage, based on the information currently available, there is insufficient information to progress the matter further," police said.

The investigation found the cattle disappeared over a long period and that the farm's auditing systems and processes may have been open to abuse.

Farmers should review their systems to lessen the risk of that, police warned.

"It is also a reminder for prospective employers to thoroughly check all potential employees' references and backgrounds before hiring.

"This is particularly important when employing someone who may have a direct role in day-to-day business operations or finances.

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