Farms and ranches can be pretty isolated from the outside world. For many who live and work in rural areas it’s one of the perks. Yet, it’s also that very isolation that appeals to criminals looking for easy scores. Although today’s rustlers may not face the hangman’s noose, in Oklahoma they face something just as formidable—the Investigative Services Unit of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Every year, theft and destruction of property is a multi-million dollar cost for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers, said Col. Mike Grimes. Grimes is the chief agent for the Investigative Services Unit, which in 2010 investigated 247 reported cases of theft that added up to a little more than $4 million in stolen property. However, because of his unit’s unique investigative abilities, those 247 cases resulted in 274 criminal felony charges and more than $1 million in recovered property and even more in restitution for property owners.