Po­lice hunt for blue­berry ban­dit af­ter Stoney Creek truck theft

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Can you help po­lice find the Blue­berry Ban­dit?

Hamil­ton po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the theft of a re­frig­er­a­tion truck full of blue­ber­ries from Stoney Creek last week­end.

The bur­gled berries – about $100,000 worth of them, po­lice say – dis­ap­peared from 555 Sea­man Dr. some­time be­tween 3 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Feb. 5.

Const. Steve Wel­ton said Wed­nes­day he didn’t know if the blue­ber­ries are fresh or frozen – or some­where in be­tween, de­pend­ing on the state of the stolen re­frig­er­a­tion unit.

He didn’t im­me­di­ately have in­for­ma­tion about the num­ber or weight of the pur­loined pints, but for ref­er­ence sake, 170-gram boxes of blue­ber­ries are sell­ing for nearly $4 each at Forti­nos at the mo­ment.

Po­lice later found the stolen truck in the Toronto area, but the trailer and its tasty cargo are still miss­ing.

Rec­og­niz­ing the pub­lic taste for this sort of berry hunt, po­lice have posted “Have you seen these berries?” mes­sages on Face­book and Twit­ter with the hash­tag #blue­ber­ry­ban­dit.

“We’re hop­ing to have some fun through en­gage­ment, but also for tips about what is an un­usual theft,” Wel­ton said. “Maybe you no­tice some­one is in the blue­berry busi­ness who hasn’t been be­fore.”

This isn’t the first gar­den-va­ri­ety heist pulled off in Hamil­ton. Last De­cem­ber, po­lice were on the hunt for more than 10,000 mis­ap­pro­pri­ated mel­ons stolen from a Bar­ton Street East park­ing lot.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the lat­est fruit theft can call po­lice at 905-546-3820.

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