BEL AIR, Md. — Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a thief or thieves who stole a 150-pound watermelon worth $1,500 from a Maryland farmer.
Harford County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ed Hopkins said the watermelon was taken sometime between Thursday night and early Friday morning from a farm about 15 miles north of Bel Air.
The watermelon’s owner, Brad Northcote, said he grows the Carolina Cross watermelons to enter in fairs and other contests in the area. But he and his wife were considering harvesting the watermelon seeds to send to Kenya to establish a watermelon farm there. Northcote owns and operates Jingo Safaris and Tours. The company does business in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania among other counties.
Northcote said the watermelon was the largest he had ever harvested.