Police hunt for blueberry bandit after Stoney Creek truck theft
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.