A former employee of a western Kansas
elevator group is awaiting sentencing in the theft of $120,000
worth of grain.
Hamilton County Attorney Rob Gale said Chris Shuman of Kendall
pleaded guilty last week to 16 counts of felony theft and one count
of felony witness intimidation. Sentencing is set for Oct. 8. Gale
said Shuman could go to jail and be ordered to pay restitution.
Two other men have also been tied to thefts at the Syracuse
Co-op's Kendall branch.
Using grain trucks, the suspects allegedly took wheat from the
co-op starting from February 2007 to December.
Sheriff's deputies and Kansas Bureau of Investigation officers
began probing the thefts in December, after officials found that
9,000 bushels, worth $52,000, had been stolen. That number grew to
at least 50,000 bushels.