CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — During the past several weeks, someone has taken more than one hundred pounds of smokeable hemp products from TruHarvest Farms.
“The retail price of this stuff is very high. What’s been taken from us so far would value at about $250,000,” said John Straw, General Manager at TruHarvest Farms.
It all started Jan. 4. Around 1 a.m., security cameras captured someone entering the back of the facility.
Staff says the person parked along a private driveway, walked through a four-acre cornfield and pried the doors open. Then, the person went through the facility’s warehouse and headed right to the product room.
“They knew exactly where to go. They were familiar with the building and the facilities, and they didn’t wander around,” said Straw. “They didn’t look for anything else. They made a beeline exactly to where they, the room where what they wanted to take was.”
On Jan. 18, another break-in was done the exact same way.
“We believe it was the same person, again,” Straw said.
While security footage wasn’t able to capture facial features, staff say it’s been helpful when determining height and stance.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is now looking for the thief. They are already following several leads.
“The fact that somebody would just come in and take what our livelihoods depend, what we’ve spent the last year of our lives trying to produce, is very disheartening,” said Straw.
The facility has increased it’s security measures, but Straw would not go into further detail.
The vertically-integrated hemp farm is considered one of Virginia’s largest producers.
TruHarvest Farms is located at 1771 Flanagan Drive in Christiansburg.