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Farmers band together to stop an arsonist

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Farmer Al Pedigo had recently harvested his tobacco crop. The leaves were drying in two barns set up for that purpose. Now the Allen County farmer is devastated. The barns were torched by an arsonist in the early morning hours of Nov. 5.

Pedigo lost $125,000. With no insurance the loss is hard to swallow.

"There is no way he's gonna make it up this year, it was the growing season, and it's gone," said Tim Tabor a neighboring farmer.

A number of farmers just outside of Scottsville are living in fear that their crops could be targeted next. 

Farmer Bob Montgomery has organized a coalition to help catch the arsonist from striking again.

"The people in the community have contacted me and others, and they are on pins and needles. If it happened to this farmer, it could happen to them," said Montgomery.

A hefty reward is building, thanks to pledges from area farmers, and other businesses in the Scottsville area. The reward to bring the arsonist to justice keep growing. Montgomery told Channel 4 News it's grown to $15,000. They hope cash can buy critical information.

"It's the right thing to do. We have many people who realize that's the way to get on the path to vital information, to put these people away. We want to show them we are not gonna stand still for it," said Montgomery.

A special phone line for tips has been set up. Anyone who calls with information will remain anonymous. The number is 270-781-CLUE.     

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