Potatoes pilfered from trio of Richmond fields

A field of potatoes. - Dave McLear photo via Flickr
A field of potatoes.
— image credit: Dave McLear photo via Flickr

Potato thieves have dug up an estimated 2,250 kilograms of a Richmond farmer's crop.

Bill Zylmans said he noticed the vegetables missing from three of his South Richmond fields 10 days ago. The stolen crop is about the size of a football field.

"We're really at a loss," said Zylmans. "It could have been a large family, it could have been a group of people, it could have been for personal use, it could have been for resale.Bill Zylmans We have no idea."

In the past, local berry farmers have reported small quantities of fruit disappearing from their fields, and Zylmans himself has seen the odd bunch of vegetables swiped from his land. But this is the first time he's been hit by a crop theft of this magnitude.

"We've had small thefts in the past... but this one was over the top."

Zylmans estimates the theft at $5,000 in damages and lost revenue.

Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or Crime Stoppers.


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