HOLTON, Kan. (AP) -- A northeastern Kansas sheriff says thieves in pursuit of scrap metal have been going after radiators from tractors and other farm equipment.

Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse says most of the thefts have occurred in the rural Holton area. He's urging residents to keep a close watch on machinery equipped with radiators and lock up the machinery.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/OwJVbP ) that one resident had a close brush with possible radiator thieves over the weekend.

The man had put out several radiators for pickup after removing them from his machinery. He reported that two women in a suspicious vehicle sped away after claiming to have car trouble.

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Information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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