Tens of thousands of dollars worth of bull semen was stolen from the back of a truck in a residential Turlock neighborhood.
Anthony Reis, a salesman for the artificial insemination company that sells the bull semen, said three tanks of bull semen were stolen from his truck on La Sombra Court sometime overnight Jan. 17.
Reis said he got into his car about 3:45 a.m. Jan. 18 and noticed his gas light was on. The thieves had siphoned the gas from his tank.
They’d also broken into the camper shell of his truck and taken the three tanks as well as one empty tank. According to messages posted to the Nextdoor neighborhood website, the east Turlock area has seen a rash of car break-ins in recent weeks.
Reis said the semen is from 30 to 40 bulls with some of the the top genetics in the world, including one that ranks fifth. It’s enough to impregnate more than 1,000 cows.
The cost of the semen varies depending on the bull it comes from but, in all, the contents of the three tanks would sell for more than $10,000, Reis said.
The semen is kept frozen with nitrogen. Reis said there is enough in there to keep it frozen through next week so he hopes to get the tanks back before then.
He believes the thieves know nothing of the tanks’ contents and only plan to sell them for scrap metal. Reis took pictures of the tanks to local recycling centers in case they turn up.
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Turlock Police Department Detective Sgt. Mike Morgan 209-668-5550, ext. 6662