A kind donation of hay destined for the Tenterfield Lions Club to help drought-stricken farmers has been pilfered from the Tenterfield Showground between March 1 and 4.
The hay was to be distributed to bushfire victims.
The shipment totaled 130 small bales of lucerne and four large bales of millet, but by Monday only 18 small bales and three large bales remained.
Rural Crime Prevention investigators are keen to speak to anyone with information on the theft or who may have sighted a vehicle acting suspiciously in or around the showground at that time.
“Whilst the act of stealing is a low act, this theft takes it to a whole different level," State Rural Crime Coordinator Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside said.
"We are committed to catching these criminals and placing them before the Court.
“The hay has a monetary value of approximately $3000, however you can’t really put a monetary value on this as it is priceless to the farmer that it was intended for.”
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call the Rural Crime Prevention Team in Inverell on (02) 6722 0530 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.