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150 pears stolen from orchard in Saitama Prefecture in latest fruit theft

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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.

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It's a sad day in the inaka, when nashi start disap"pear"ing.

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what is the world coming too?

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Japan must be real safe if someone stealing a few dozen pears is one of the major crimes of the day.

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"Japan must be real safe if someone stealing a few dozen pears is one of the major crimes of the day."

Nah; its further evidence that Japanese have a tendency to commit crimes of the nature.

Today a few dozen. What's next?

A whole truck load.

Awful place.

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Tanukis.

Has to be. Shape-shifters. You'd never see 'em.

Also...

In autumn, they are dependent on fruits and berries...

(ZooAtlanta.org)

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What a shame.

Time to invest in some motion activated lights and security cameras.

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@fighto,either that or it’s fruit is priced ridiculously high.

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@Spitfire ever seen the over packaged fruit in department stores? These pears were probably destined for something like that. That's 400 yen each, probably his wholesale price too.

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Peeping_TomToday  07:30 am JST

"Japan must be real safe if someone stealing a few dozen pears is one of the major crimes of the day."

Nah; its further evidence that Japanese have a tendency to commit crimes of the nature.

How do you know they are Japanese??????

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Love the harder crispy juicy Japanese pears. Can't eat the western soft types anymore.

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Fruit ninjas! They gotta eat something.

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It's a sad day in the inaka, when nashi start disap"pear"ing.

and you're left 梨無し

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Pear today, gone tomorrow

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Seems Japan has developed some, how to say it, ALTERNATE distribution for farm produce etc.

While indeed we have found some foreigners involved in these thefts I think it is pretty obvious Japanese are involved as well

Its all a shame if you ask me

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Oh my! What is the world coming to? I hope those pears are returned safely. Let's send our prayers and condolences to the farmers.

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Somebody needs to grow a pear and sort these thieves out

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Love the harder crispy juicy Japanese pears. Can't eat the western soft types anymore.

Well said zichi! Unfortunately my pear is the latter.

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Reckless

Well said zichi! Unfortunately my pear is the latter.

Did you leave?

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I'm sure it was a pair of idiots!

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Hi zichi, I am pleased you have a good opinion of Japanese pears. I may try US pears when I visit over this Thanksgiving.

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Even the pear thieves pick on Saitama, the Japanese capital of crime.

USD 600 worth of pear theft would seem to say it is not some Yak racket.....

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This story reminds me of the stories my dad used to tell me about the apple orchard they had in the old country. Hard to imagine, but the apples were famous, and very expensive. So expensive, that local people did not eat them. Each apple was individually wrapped, and then shipped to Germany.

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damn tanuki

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