Some 5,000 peaches, worth roughly 1.5 million yen ($11,000), have been stolen from a field in the Yamanashi Prefecture city of Fuefuki. Since June 15, almost 15,000 peaches, worth about 3.87 million yen (about $28,400), have been stolen from the city and the neighboring city of Yamanashi, including the latest incident.
As stated by the prefectural police, a total of approximately 1,400 Hikawa Hakuho peaches, worth 420,000 yen, were found stolen from a field in Fuefuki on June 15. After this, there was a series of peach thefts, including roughly 1,500 Chiyohime and Himekko peaches, worth 450,000 yen, in Yamanashi on June 17. About 2,500 Hikawa Hakuho peaches, worth 500,000 yen, disappeared in Fuefuki on June 18 and some 4,000 Hikawa Hakuho peaches, worth 1 million yen, in Yamanashi on June 19.
Parties involved expressed their intention to strengthen anti-theft measures ahead of the harvest season and to promptly subsidize the cost of patrols.