STREET, Md. - A 150-pound watermelon was stolen from a Harford County garden on Friday afternoon.
Brad Northcote said he came home around 1:45 p.m. that day to discover the theft on his 4.5-acre property, located on the 2600 block of Dublin Road in Street, which is 15 miles north of Bel Air. He added it was the largest watermelon he had ever harvested.
"I'm just amazed at the effort someone went to in order to steal a watermelon," Northcote said. "You really need a strategy for a theft like this; not just because of the size, but it was located on the most inaccessible part of the property.
Harford County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ed Hopkins said the watermelon is valued at about $1,500 and is department is investigating all leads.
"From what we can tell, they cut the line and removed the watermelon," Hopkins said. "Nothing else was taken."
Northcote said he typically grows the Carolina cross watermelons to enter in fairs and other contests in the area. However, he added, he and his wife were considering harvesting the seeds to send off to Kenya with hopes of establishing a watermelon farm to help feed the hungry there.
Northcote owns and operates Jingo Safaris and Tours, which does business in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania among other counties.
"We try to do some humanitarian work through our business," Northcote said. "Harvesting the seeds was something we were thinking about. Now, we're not sure what we're going to do.