CaughtOnCamera: Thieves Stealing From Farmer’s Produce Stand

Farmer catches thieves stealing from produce stand on camera

A Lawton, MI, farmer caught several thieves on camera stealing food and cash from his fresh produce stand, which uses the honor system and locked cash box, on M-40. Farmer Andrew Nesbitt posts surveillance videos from his stand’s trail cameras onto Facebook, which led Michigan State Police to identifying at these two suspects. One recent video shows a woman who blatantly loaded up her car with produce, including butternut squash, several bags of corn, and a basket full of peppers. Nesbitt said she allegedly stole the food before 11 A.M. on Sept. 2, then by 7 P.M. the same day she returned everything but the peppers to the produced stand.

Michigan State Police Lieutenant Dale Hinz explained that this woman is one of two identified suspects, who will likely be charged with misdemeanor larceny.

“So far we’ve made several attempts to interview her, and all have been unsuccessful to track her down,” said Hinz.

The second identified suspect is a middle-aged man seen in a posted video, who wore sunglasses, a hat, and cigarette in mouth, while he used bolt cutters to open Nesbitt’s locked cash box.

You can see him pry open the box, grab the cash, and run back to his parked black truck.

“We’re beyond the point in society where you can leave stands unmanned with a cash box unfortunately, but short of that the camera system is a good alternative,” said Hinz.

Hinz said he suggests all stands be manned or at least have a video surveillance system.


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