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150 pound watermelon stolen from Md. farm

Monday - 9/9/2013, 4:59pm  ET

BEL AIR, Md. (AP) -- Sheriff's deputies are searching for a thief or thieves who stole a 150 pound watermelon worth $1,500 from a Maryland farmer.

Harford County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ed Hopkins says the watermelon was taken sometime between Thursday night and early Friday morning from a farm about 15 miles north of Bel Air.

The watermelon's owner, Brad Northcote, says he grows the Carolina cross watermelons to enter in fairs and other contests in the area. But he says he and his wife were considering harvesting the watermelon seeds to send to Kenya to establish a watermelon farm there. Northcote owns and operates Jingo Safaris and Tours. The company does business in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania among other counties.

Northcote says the watermelon was the largest he had ever harvested.

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