Dec 4, 2014
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 2, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
More apple picking arrests in Londonderry
LONDONDERRY - A late-night trip to Moose Hill Orchards ended in arrests and theft charges for five people believed to have been picking apples without paying for them.
Five Massachusetts residents were taken into police custody late Tuesday evening after a concerned citizen spotted them apparently stealing apples from the orchards along Ash Street.
Police were alerted to the incident just after 11 p.m. when a cell caller observing the scene reported it to the police, Lt. Kevin Cavallaro said.
According to Cavallaro, the five illicit apple pickers were seen picking apples and loading them into a tan, Toyota van with Massachusetts plates.
Arrested at the scene were Joanne Liu, 42, of Brighton; Li Zhu, 54, of Malden; Ziao Fang Guan, 54, of Quincy; Yan Fen Tang, 57, of Boston; and Zuo Shu Xue, 31, of Quincy.
Each of the five suspects faces theft charges and will be arraigned in the Derry District Court on Nov. 5.
It's been a tough season for local orchards, with four other Massachusetts residents arrested for similar thefts earlier this month.
On Oct. 11, police arrested Quincy residents Tony Wong, 57; Wai Wong, 27; Hang Wong, 58 and Steven Wong, 19, after reportedly loading their car with apples after hours on Pillsbury Road.
The Wongs, who reside at the same Massachusetts address and all face charges of theft by deception, will also be arraigned in the Derry District Court on Nov. 5.
Mack's Apples, home of Moose Hill Orchards, spans over 400 acres, with 100 of those acres devoted to apple farming. Most of those orchards are open to the public, with several U-Pick stations set up to allow visitors to pick and purchase fruit by the pound during harvest season.
Apple picking has ended for the season, but the farm is still open during the daytime for pumpkin picking.
Last month, staff at the local orchard began keeping a watchful eye on parking areas after several instances where daytime customers sneaked fruit into their trunks without paying.
In most of those cases, orchard staff was able to catch the would-be-fruit thieves and ask for payment, according to orchard manager Mike Cross.
But just to make sure, the farm has hired a few extra staff members to wear street clothes and patrol the parking areas during busy fall days.
Local police said they regularly patrol the roads around the town's three apple orchards, especially during the autumn season.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- In Gorham, landlord saw a change in kidnap suspect - 0
- Family of abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart offers hope in wake of Conway teen's ordeal - 1
- Feds step up protection against sexual violence - 0
- 2 more arrested over alleged drug dealer robbery in Exeter - 0
- State seeks to address handling of campus assaults - 0
- Update: Londonderry search of shooting victim's home has concluded - 0
- N.Y. man sentenced in sex assault of NH child in 1988 - 0
- Hearing ordered in 1971 murder - 0
- Police investigating bank robbery in Nashua - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Dave D'Onfrio's Patriots Notebook: Finding a way to win - 0
- Sam Asano's Let's Invent: NoNose gets readers talking like nobody's business - 0
- Know the Law: Your trust can be named beneficiary of an IRA - 0
- Another View -- Bill O'Brien: Ask your state rep. to vote for transparency in the House - 0
- Old friends and a 'homeless angel' make for good stories anytime - 0
- Clooney gets it: Sony attack was not a 'crime' - 1
- New coats warm city kids, firefighters' hearts - 0
- NHIAA Roundup: Martin, Pinkerton top Salem in tournament - 0
- Inmate reported missing from Concord transitional unit - 0
The Sony hack: Kim's judgment of Obama
'Everybody was extremely fortunate'
- Whom do you think bears the brunt of the blame for the mayhem this weekend in Keene?
- KSC students
- KSC administration
- Visitors from out of town
- A combination of any/all of the above
- Total Votes: 2483