Fruits of the la­bor dis­ap­pear off trees

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

PSST, want to buy some fruit? Mans­field res­i­dents should be aware that if some fresh fruit is put their way it may be hot, and not just from the weather.

Lo­cal part time res­i­dent Graeme Win­cup has a small prop­erty on the shores of Lake Eildon and for the third year in a row has seen his fruit har­vest stolen.

“Some three years ago, I planted 20 odd fruit trees on the block,” he said.

“They were a mix­ture of pears, ap­ples and peaches.

“Two years ago we came up late Jan­uary to find the fruit miss­ing; and again last year it hap­pened in the same week.”

The neigh­bors could throw no light on the thefts.

“This year we de­cided to come up for the week and watch,” Mr Win­cup said.

“We ar­rived on the Wed­nes­day to find the fruit had been taken on the Mon­day or Tues­day.

“It would have taken two peo­ple a cou­ple of hours and a full ute to com­mit the crime.”

Mr Win­cup has re­ported the brazen theft to the po­lice.

“They warned me that the shed might be next,” he added.

“Back­ing on to Lake Eildon might also al­low a place of en­try.”

Mans­field po­lice are ask­ing res­i­dents to be vig­i­lant for any un­usual ac­tiv­ity in their area and to re­port to po­lice any in­for­ma­tion.

As one po­lice of­fi­cer noted, “we do not like to see the fruits of a farmer’s la­bor go to waste”.

BE VIG­I­LANT: Theft of fruit from a prop­erty on Lake Ei­don has hap­pened again.

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