Farmers are banding together to help cut down on produce thefts. A new law imposing stiffer penalties on thieves who steal from farms should help too.
Candido Medrano is a Waialua farmer who has been burglarized, not once, but twice.
The first time, thieves helped themselves to his bananas. The second time, they took all of his copper supports for his bitter melon plants.
“They just pulled all the pipes and I go there in the morning, and all my plants were falling down,” said Medrano.