SHEEP stealing in the upper Great Southern region is reportedly on the rise with an estimated $500,000 worth of sheep stolen in the first part of the year.
There have been about 5000 sheep including 400 lambs and 30 rams stolen from farms in the region.
The price of sheep sitting about $190 per head is making this crime more attractive compared to a couple of years ago when the average price was $30 per head.
Police report that it is increasing difficult to catch the culprits as most farmers don't realise the amount of sheep missing until they bring them in for shearing or drenching when a count is done.
In some cases these crimes are committed by neighbouring farmers.
After uncovering vital evidence, 15 police recently conducted a raid on a property in Moodiarrup, recovering 130 sheep.
Reports suggest the property, near Kojonup, was searched by the police from Narrogin and Kojonup police stations who allegedly uncovered up the stolen sheep that were subsequently removed from the property.
Earlier this year WA police had received up to 20 reports of stock theft of varying degrees throughout the Upper Great Southern region.
Wagin Police Sergeant Paul Lydiate said he would be interested in hearing from anyone that had missing sheep they believed had been stolen.
He urged any member of the public with information about sheep stealing to come forward as every little piece of information helps.