Thieves have stolen $ 25,000 of grapes from a Virginia winery during the night.
Almost the entire crop, which is grown on 3.5 acres at Firefly Hill Vineyard, near Blacksburg, Montgomery County, has been stolen.
"We still can not understand this … We are in the grieving process," said co-owner Allison Dunkenberger about the loss of her family's grapes.
She arrives only a few hours before she, her husband, friends and relatives cut out the fruit of the carefully tended vines.
Two to two and a half tons of grapes of 2,500 vines were removed from a Virginia winery, and that's all that remains of the harvest
Vineyard owner David Dunkenberger was upset by the blatant theft
Although the value of the fruit is approximately $ 25,000, if the time and materials used for its care are calculated, the loss is closer to $ 50,000.
Worse yet, the company's insurance does not cover the theft of the crop according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
Dunkenberger suspects that the one who took the grapes had to know something about the operations of the winery, especially because the grapes are not visible from the road.
Once the thieves were on the property, they managed to transport an enormous amount of grapes that amounted to two and a half tons of 2,500 vines between sunset and sunrise.
Husband David, let your thoughts be known in an open post on Facebook: "To the pieces of cowardly human slag that came in the night and stole the grapes from my vineyards, I want to thank you for proving that our society has hit rock bottom. to die a slow and agonizingly painful death so that when he writhes in pain someone will be kind enough to offer him a drink of wine so that he will know what he is suffering for.
The thieves worked all night to steal almost the entire harvest working since sunset
The family had posted about how they were about to harvest their harvest on Facebook
The Dunkenbergers do not live in the vineyard, but Allison was in the cellar on Monday and insists that the grapes were still in the vineyards.
By Tuesday morning, just before harvest, the fruit was almost gone, he said.
The bandits would need a large truck or several smaller ones to take the grapes, he said.
The winery was left with less than 200 pounds of grapes.
The winery has been forced to close until further notice. The total loss is estimated at close to $ 50,000 when labor is included in the cost
The family had planted the vines 12 years ago and collected the grapes every year.
"We will continue to take care of the vineyards," he said, and is likely to resume operations at some point in the future, but for now, the Firefly Hill vineyard is closed.
"What hurts the most is what they stole from my spirit and my heart. The vineyard was a family experience. My daughters grew up in that vineyard. My family and friends helped me in that vineyard. The most important thing is that I spent some time in that vineyard with my father. Loved memories spoiled by a bunch of lifeless, soulless, heartless excuses for human beings, "David wrote the heartbreaking post on Facebook.
Investigator Don Link of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office requested that anyone with information about the theft call him at 540-382-6915, ext. 44421