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Sheriff: Michigan crop heists are a ‘major league operation’

Posted: 4:17 PM, Oct 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-21 16:18:06-04

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a “well-organized machine” of thieves appears to be behind the theft of tons of apples and pumpkins from orchards and farms in Michigan and Indiana.

An estimated 7,000 pounds of apples were discovered missing Oct. 10 from Spicer Orchards in Fenton, Michigan, during the same week that 1,000 pumpkins were pilfered from McCallum’s Orchard in Jeddo. There were also 50,000 apples reportedly stolen  from Williams Orchard in LaPorte County, Indiana, just south of the state line.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell told the  Detroit Free Press  Monday that investigators do not have any suspects, but he called the heists “a major league operation.”

The Michigan orchard operators say they will strengthen security with cameras and alarms to deter future thieves.