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Thieves Get Away With 50K Apples

Orchard owner suspects inside job
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2019 6:11 AM CDT
In this Oct. 26, 2018, photo, apples are displayed for sale at the Apple Acres orchard, in Hiram, Maine.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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(Newser) – Of all the things it might occur to the dishonest human mind to steal—money, cars, jewelry, baby goats—a perishable fruit might not top the list, but here we are, America. CNN reports that thieves swiped an acre's worth of apples from Williams Orchard in LaPorte County, Ind., last week, which translates to a whopping 50,000 apples and about $27,000 out of owners Jon and Robin Drummond's pockets. "Almost every single apple from every single tree was completely wiped out," says Jon Drummond.

The Drummonds had recently bought the orchard, and built new gates, but hadn't gotten around to installing locks; the thieves were able to drive right in to a secluded part of the orchard, harvest away, and drive out. "It probably was an insider job," says Jon Drummond. "Someone knew this orchard really well. They knew where to go, the portion of the orchard where they couldn't be seen." The Drummonds don't have theft insurance, and suspect the thieves are busily making cider. "We're going to laugh about it because the only other option is to cry." (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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