Laptops? Flat-screen TVs? Jewellery? Nah. In rural Kentucky, the thieves are going for barn doorways. And a few are laying the blame on “Fixer Higher’s” Chip and Joanna Gaines.

A narrative in Tuesday’s Courier Journal revealed that barn wooden thieving is a big downside, significantly in Kentucky, the place there are extra previous barns per sq. mile than every other state. To date, theft circumstances have been reported in a minimum of 13 Kentucky counties. In a single group of 6,700 folks, having over 20 barns pillaged in a single 12 months isn’t uncommon, Cumberland County Sheriff Scot Daniels instructed the Courier Journal.

“Somebody will return to their barns in tobacco time and the facet might be gone,” Daniels instructed the C-J. “The factor is attempting to show it, since you don’t know when it was taken.”

Native lumber consumers are preserving their eyes out for stolen boards, nevertheless it’s arduous to determine product that comes from sticky-fingered barn wooden thieves, the article writes.

“Hundred-year-old barn boards don’t have serial numbers, and thieves often work at evening and away from important roads,” it reads. “Apart from, in numerous communities, seeing somebody in a barn isn’t in the slightest degree suspicious.”

The trendiness of reclaimed wooden has skyrocketed lately, significantly as a consequence of Chip and Joanna Gaines, who rose to fame for his or her HGTV renovation present “Fixer Higher.” The couple is thought for his or her “fashionable farmhouse” fashion, and famously embrace shiplap, a rough-sawn pine paneling, in most of the properties they renovate. The Gaineses have (clearly) by no means advocated for robbing a barn.

Reclaimed barn wooden is offered to wholesalers for round 80 cents to $2 per board foot. It’s then offered for $four.35 and up, relying on what it’s fabricated from and the way this it’s, the C-J writes.

inhomedesign has reached out to representatives of the Gaines’s for remark.

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