The amount of thefts in the Gerald area has gone up dramatically lately, and it caught the attention of the Franklin County Sheriff’s office. In the past month, thefts were reported on Highway H, Old Highway 50 and highway C. Items stolen range from bows, chain saws, firearms, jewelry, tools, lawn mowers, electronics, and a Kubota tractor and 8 foot brush hog. Residents in the area are requested to report any suspicious activity, especially around abandon homes or homes where the residents may be gone for a period of time. Citizens with any information are requested to call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 636-583-2567. Callers can remain anonymous if requested.