ROBBED: Meredith Ramsey with her granddaughters Sienna and Keira Taylor with the plum tree that was completely stripped of its fruit while she was away.CLEVE resident Meredith Ramsey got the shock of her life when she went to pick the fruit off her plum tree only to find it totally bare.
Mrs Ramsey said she and a friend had harvested some fruit from the tree before she went away for the new year.
“I went down to pick some plums to send to my son but they were totally gone,” she said.
“I called my friend to see if she had picked them but when she said she hadn’t I knew that someone had stolen them.”
She said with the amount of fruit that was on the tree, the thieves got away with about 10 kilograms of home grown plums.
“Anyone who knows me, knows that you can knock on my door and ask me and I wouldn’t have a problem with it,” Mrs Ramsey said.
“I rang the police, not that I think they can do anything about it, but because I wanted it on record that it had happened.”
Mrs Ramsey said she also turned to Facebook in the hope that people might be more vigilant and keep an eye out in future.
“I don’t usually do that kind of thing but I thought if it makes someone stop and take a second look at a person in someone else’s yard then it’s worth it.”
She said most of all she was disappointed someone would steal fruit from another person’s garden, especially considering what goes into establishing a productive garden.
“A lot of time and effort has gone into our fruit trees and we get a lot of pleasure watching them grow and produce fruit,” she said.
“It takes a lot of time, money and hard work to establish and maintain a garden, it’s not just there for other people to help themselves.”
Mrs Ramsey said she was now considering putting further measures in place to stop people trespassing and stealing from her garden.
“Our trees are already clearly fenced off but I am thinking about installing an electric fence.”
She said while there was nothing that could be done now she wanted to remind people to keep an eye out.
“Sometimes just stopping and looking at who is in someone’s yard is all that it takes, just being wary.”
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