Watermelon Stolen From Harford County, Md. Farm Weighs 150Lb, Worth More Than $1,500
A watermelon stolen from a farm in Harford County, Md., weighed a whopping 150 pounds and was worth more than $1,500. The owner of the massive fruit, Bredley Northcote, planned to donate the watermelon's seeds to start a watermelon farm in Kenya.
"Sounds crazy...but it is true! Yesterday, a 150lb watermelon was reported stolen in the 2600 blk. of Dublin Road," the Harford County Sheriff's Office posted to its Facebook page. "It is 3 and a half feet long and would need at least two people to move it."
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The watermelon stolen from Northcote's 4.5-acre farm was the biggest in his garden. But Northcote's no stranger to large produce. According to AP, many of the Maryland farmer's watermelons are behemoths and weigh over 100 pounds. Northcote enters his massive fruit in fairs and other contests in Maryland.
"I'm just amazed at the effort someone went to in order to steal a watermelon," Northcote told ABC News. "You really need a strategy for a theft like this; not just because of the size, but it was located on the most inaccessible part of the property."
Seeds from the watermelon stolen from Northcote were scheduled to be sent to Kenya where they would start a watermelon farm. AP reports that Northcote owns and operates a safari tour company in Africa. His company, Jingo Safaris and Tours, does business in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
"We try to do some humanitarian work through our business," Northcote said. "Harvesting the seeds was something we were thinking about. Now, we're not sure what we're going to do."
Typically store-bought watermelons weigh between 15 and 20 pounds. They sell for between $3 and $5.
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