Police are today urging residents to be on the look out for stolen produce, following several reports of thefts from local farmers’ gardens.
In their appeal for information after “significant quantities” of produce including broccoli, beets, green zucchini, and sweet potato was stolen, residents were urged to be aware that the goods were stolen.
“Members of the public are urged, should you be approached by individuals who are not known farmers, or their representatives, selling produce, please do not purchase these items as they may be stolen,” a spokesperson said.
“The public should be aware that stolen vegetables, may have recently been chemically treated. Consuming produce too soon after a chemical application, could be detrimental to health.
“Stealing agricultural produce, or receiving such goods, carries a maximum fine of $10,000 or five years in prison.
“Anyone who suspects they may have been offered stolen produce for sale or who may have any information on theft from farms gardens, is asked to call 211 or, the main police number 295-0011.”