Orchardist injured after confronting apple thieves

Summerland man hurt trying to run off two men taking fruit from his property

An orchardist in Summerland is recovering from injuries he suffered early Sunday after trying to chase off two men he caught stealing apples from his property.

Summerland RCMP said in a press release the man heard a noise outside his home around 4:30 a.m. and found two men taking fruit.

“A confrontation occurred and this resulted in the victim being kicked and punched in the head and body area. The suspects also threatened to stab the victim,” Cpl. Bruce Haley said in the release.

The suspects fled in a late model, four-door car, possibly a Volkswagen, which was turquoise in colour.

The driver is described as white, six-foot-two, 220 pounds, with brown hair, a pronounced beer belly, and a bit of French accent. He was wearing a long-sleeve sweat shirt, blue jeans and had on a baseball cap.

The second suspect is described as white, five-foot-eight, 170 pounds with brown hair. He wore a T-shirt with artwork on it, blue jeans and a ball cap.

Summerland RCMP are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the detachment at 250-494-7416 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.