NYLON – Caledonia and Mumford residents are trying to identify a bad apple who seems to be illegally picking fruits and vegetables from a local farm stand.
After produce began consistently disappearing, the owner of the family-run farm stand just over the county line in Mumford set up a motion-activated camera to catch the above image. Police are now seeking the name of the person in the image to possibly file charges.
“This is the same farm stand from which a female subject was taking eggs last year,” said Caledonia Police Chief Daniel Chapman, who is assisting with the investigation. “You know, people put these little stands together, they’re trying to do something nice for the community. The neighbors come by and pick out fresh fruit and vegetables, they know it comes from their own neighborhood, it’s a nice little place to buy food. It’s too bad that sometimes people choose to steal the produce instead.”
Caledonia residents have shared this image feverishly on social media, trying to find someone who recognizes the person in the photo.
The stand, like many others, is run by an honor system. Buyers take the produce of their choice and leave the appropriate cash. Most of the time, this works. However, Chapman said that unprotected stands are sometimes the victims of theft.
“It happens, we’ve had a few similar cases in our village,” said Chapman. “We’ve had families that have to lock up their stands, or put concrete or steel over the cash boxes. Mostly the thieves will just take the cash, but like in this case they sometimes just take the produce.”
Anyone who believes they can identify the subject in the photo is encouraged to contact the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at (585)753-4178 or the Caledonia Police Department at (585) 538-6200.
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