P.E.I. Wild Blueberry Growers Association reward offer in farm equipment vandalism case drawing to a close
The P.E.I. Wild Blueberry Growers Association is still seeking information regarding an incident of what it calls “extreme vandalism” to a P.E.I. wild blueberry grower from 2015.
The damage occurred to the equipment of Terence MacDonald, a wild blueberry grower in Mount Stewart, in August of 2015. The vandalism resulted in approximately $50,000 worth of damages.
MacDonald’s tractors were driven into each other and into trees, causing extensive damage to the tractors and the two harvesters that were mounted on the tractors.
The damage rendered the equipment useless for the 2015 season, and MacDonald was left to secure harvesters from other parties to perform his harvest activities.
The P.E.I. Wild Blueberry Growers Association is still seeking the help of the public to identify suspects involved in the vandalism incident at the MacDonald farm.
The association is offering a $12,000 reward for information until Aug. 17.
“The hope is that this reward will generate a useful tip leading to conviction for this crime and to bring closure to the incident for the MacDonald family and the rest of the P.E.I. wild blueberry industry,” said John Handrahan, president of the P.E.I. Wild Blueberry Growers Association, in a press release.
The association says the RCMP has received several tips. However, there is insufficient evidence to lay charges and current expectation of conviction is low.
Anyone with an eyewitness account of this vandalism event is asked to call the RCMP at 902-368-9300.
Information may also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), via the web at www.peicrimestoppers.com or by text by texting “TIP162” plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES).