Thieves steal $50,000 worth of prized bull semen

Posted at 1:19 PM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-26 16:19:14-05

TURLOCK, Calif. -- Central California thieves have made off with nearly $50,000 in prized bull semen.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that 3,500 units of high-grade semen were snatched from the back of a farmer's pickup truck in Turlock, California.

Most cows are artificially inseminated and there's a robust and valuable market for bull semen. The victim says genetically superior bulls produced the semen.

Police believe the thieves didn't know what they were stealing because they also siphoned gas from the farmer's pickup.

The semen was stored in special tanks full of liquid nitrogen, which can leave the thieves with frostbite or cryogenic burns if handled improperly.