‘That’s what we have to of­fer’

Farmer hopes ba­con will solve var­i­ous theft crimes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

Af­ter two ma­jor thefts within two months at his free-range an­i­mal farm, Melvin Burns is hop­ing peo­ple’s taste for ba­con can help solve the crimes.

In an ap­peal posted on Face­book, the owner of Moo Nay Farms in Cooks Brook, N.S., is of­fer­ing a re­ward of just over two kilo­grams of ba­con for tips lead­ing to the cul­prit who re­cently took about $1,000 worth of power tools.

In an in­ter­view, Burns said the farm, lo­cated about an hour north­east of Hal­i­fax, was also hit in June when some­one stole a num­ber of pigs and hens from his prop­erty. He said he re­ally doesn’t know what made him come up with such an un­ortho­dox ap­peal.

“I don’t re­ally know what made me think of it, just that’s what we have to of­fer and that (ba­con) is one of the most beloved prod­ucts from our farm,” Burns said.

The stolen tools in­clude an 18-volt driver and charger, a 20-volt driver, a grinder, two 20-volt chargers, and a 20volt drill, all made by DeWalt. Also pil­fered was a Master­craft socket set.

“We work hard to keep our an­i­mals alive and safe, th­ese tools help us do that ... please con­sider our an­i­mals, their fences, shel­ters and all the things we need th­ese tools for,” Burns’s post reads.

He is also hold­ing up the of­fer of some work around the farm or train­ing for any­one who owns up to the thefts.

“It’s just the of­fer of some skills so they can ac­tu­ally get a job and do some work, as op­posed to feel­ing that they need to steal to sur­vive.”

Burns said while there have been no tak­ers for his of­fer so far, there is also a broader mes­sage about “look­ing out for one an­other” that he hopes to con­vey to the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity.

“Get to know your neigh­bours,” he said. “Of­fer to stop by and keep an eye out on your neigh­bour’s prop­erty.”

Burns said that has ac­tu­ally hap­pened since he posted to Face­book— neigh­bours did let him know that they checked in on his prop­erty dur­ing a short pe­riod where he was re­cently away.

Burns said he doesn’t be­lieve his farm is be­ing tar­geted be­cause he’s learned of a rash of re­cent thefts in the area.

In the ear­lier theft, Burns lost six Berk­shire pigs and 40 chick­ens. He also found the re­mains of a butchered pig on a plastic sheet at the edge of the 60-acre farm.

“I don’t feel anger to­wards peo­ple,” said Burns. “I just want it (thiev­ery) to stop for the com­mu­nity and I want it to stop for me.”


Farmer Melvin Burns is shown in a handout photo. Burns, the owner of a free-range an­i­mal farm in Nova Sco­tia, has taken the un­usual step of of­fer­ing ba­con as an in­cen­tive for in­for­ma­tion about two ma­jor thefts from his prop­erty this sum­mer.

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