$28K worth of grass, wildflower seed stolen from job site - KCTV5

$28K worth of grass, wildflower seed stolen from job site

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The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said the seed was supposed to be planted at the Interstate 35-Homestead Lane interchange. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said the seed was supposed to be planted at the Interstate 35-Homestead Lane interchange.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Johnson County Sheriff's Office at 913-715-5561. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Johnson County Sheriff's Office at 913-715-5561.
EDGERTON, KS (KCTV) -

Authorities are investigating after someone stole $28,000 worth of grass seed meant to complete a Johnson County roadside project.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said the seed was supposed to be planted at the Interstate 35-Homestead Lane interchange.

Det. Brett Wilson said contractors with RFB Construction left the site about 8 p.m. Tuesday and came back early Wednesday morning and the seed was gone, and it likely can't be replaced.

A total of 22 bags of seed were taken. Six of the bags were wildflower seed valued at about $2,000 per bag.

"We have to eat it. That comes out of our share of it. We didn't put it down yet so KDOT won't pay for it," said Rick Clark, a superintendent with RFB Construction.

Authorities said the reason it is so expensive is the seed is handpicked, and there is a guarantee there are no bad seeds in the bag. It was all certified.

The other 16 bags were valued at about $900 per bag. All the seed was prepared specifically for the soil at the site near Edgerton.

Each bag weighed almost 58 pounds.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Johnson County Sheriff's Office at 913-715-5561.

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