A farmer beat a thief who broke in overnight and stole 30 of his prized white pumpkins.
Robert Morgan, 47, was letting people pick pumpkins for free at the Gower Fresh Pumpkin Patch, near Swansea, South Wales, because of the cost of living crisis.
But on the first night after opening day, someone decided to “spoil” Mr. Morgan’s kind gesture for everyone.
He has now offered a £250 reward to anyone who knows where the missing pumpkins are, as well as VIP tickets to this year’s Christmas Grotto.
Mr Morgan said white squashes typically sell for around £7 to £10 each.
He says he has a “peasant eye” and can tell immediately something “wasn’t right” when he looked over the pumpkin patch on Sunday morning.
He said: “You could tell someone was in the field that night. It just spoils it for everyone else coming to the farm.
“On Sunday morning we came into the field and there were a lot of white pumpkins piled up at the gate.
“Apparently someone had been there during the night and made a lot of trips to the field and stolen the track.
“It’s been quite a difficult year growing them with the hot weather. As a farmer, it is not easy to grow this crop.”
After a difficult pandemic for farmers, Mr Morgan said it felt like another kick in the teeth.
He added: “It’s just discouraging. We have just come out of two years of lockdown. We’re struggling with business at the moment.
“Everyone comes to the farm for a great day, which I want to see. It’s a family day out, we’re not charging this year for people to come to the farm to make it easier because it’s hard enough for families right now.
“Now someone just shows up and costs our business, which to be honest is hard to take.”
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/10/06/swansea-farmer-offers-250-reward-to-catch-pumpkin-thief-17505426/ Swansea: Farmer is offering £250 reward for catching Pumpkin Thief