Fruits of the labor disappear off trees
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.