About 150 Japanese pears (nashi) were stolen from an orchard in the town of Kamisato, Saitama Prefecture, on Monday.
According to police, the 69-year-old orchard owner noticed that several dozen “Oshu” variety of Japanese pears had been ripped off from the branches sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning, Sankei Shimbun reported. Although the pear trees were covered with netting, the entrance to the greenhouse was unlocked.
Police said the stolen pears were valued at about 60,000 yen. Now is the peak harvest season for the crunchy fruit.
Additionally, other growers in Kamisato and Kamikawa have reported a string of pear thefts, totaling about 4.6 tons, since the end of August.
Police said the same grower whose pears were stolen on Sunday night or Monday morning, was also targeted by fruit thieves in mid-September. Approximately 300 kilograms of Japanese pears (worth about 210,000 yen) were taken from his premises.© Japan Today