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Police investigate vandal who destroyed thousands of dollars worth of plants, produce at Durham farm

DURHAM — Police said they are trying to find the four people who destroyed thousands of dollars worth of plants, produce and equipment at a local business this weekend.

At around 1 am Saturday, four individuals entered the main greenhouse at JC Farm on Route 68 in Durham. The suspects threw plants and vegetables onto the ground, “causing them to be unsalvageable,” according to the Durham Resident State Trooper Larry Morello.

The suspects also sprayed a fire extinguisher, which damaged plants, vegetables and nearby items, Morello added.

JC Farm said the suspects destroyed and vandalized “thousands of dollars worth of plants and equipment.”

“We have been working extremely hard for the past three months to prepare for spring so this is extremely hurtful to us,” the produce market and nursery said on its Facebook page. “It is very disheartening that people in our community would take such malicious actions against a very hard working family.”

The business posted security footage to its Facebook page showing four men walking in a parking lot. JC Farm said the men were last seen walking west on Route 68 toward the Mesivta School around 1 am

Despite the loss, JC Farm is opening for the season Thursday. It will have pansies, houseplants, produce and more, JC Farm announced.

Police are investigating the incident. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Morello at 860-399-2100.

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