A retired Monroe County farmer received $11,000 from Alfa Insurance and the Alabama Farmers Federation as a reward for the arrest and conviction of a man who stole nearly $10,000 worth of copper wiring from an irrigation system near Frisco City, Ala.

Monroe County Farmers Federation President Ronnie Joe Jordan presented Willie Saucer of the Goodway community a $10,000 reward check from Alfa Insurance and a $1,000 check on behalf of the Alabama Farmers Federation.

"I can't think of anyone I'd rather be giving this to," Jordan said. "Mr. Saucer has always been an honest, hard-working man who does the right thing. I'm glad he saw the crooks and helped the sheriff bring them to justice."

Alfa Insurance President Jerry Newby, who also serves as president of the Alabama Farmers Federation, said Saucer’s involvement should serve as an encouragement to others to follow suit and report metal thieves.

“We appreciate Mr. Saucer's efforts to help catch these criminals,” said Newby. “The thieves burglarized not only his farm, but also several others in the area. Metal theft causes thousands of dollars in damage to homes and businesses, and it can impact a farmer's livelihood by leaving important equipment inoperable. We hope this reward will encourage others to turn in metal thieves."

Saucer's farm is now run by his son, Wesley, and his grandson, Scott Saucer.

The elder Saucer, 80, spotted the thieves on an early Sunday morning in March of last year.

 "There were two of them trying to get their truck out of the ditch in the edge of the field," Willie Saucer said.

"I knew something wasn't right, so I drove back to the house and told my wife, Nellie, to call the sheriff. I drove back up there, and they broke and ran."