A small, family-owned farm in Duncan has posted a video of a suspected thief who made off with over $100 in fresh products.
The theft occurred on January 19th at 4:12 p.m., when a woman drove up to the Sedgemoor Farm stand and took sourdough bread, greens and meat worth about $110.
Hans Janse, one of the farm’s owners, says ordinarily visitors are allowed to take items and leave payment, using the honour system.
“We have a dropbox there so people can put money in, or people can do e-transfers,” he said in an interview with Victoria Buzz.
Janse was willing to give this person the benefit of the doubt, and posted a request for payment on January 22 to the Sedgemoor Farm Facebook page.
He says that a similar incident about a half a year ago ended when someone came forward to pay for items they had taken.
Unfortunately, no one has forward this time.
With payment still not received, Janse decided to post a video showing the suspected thief in the act of taking the items.
The clip shows a white woman with blonde hair, wearing a red baseball cap, tight-fitting black pants and a long-sleeved black shirt, taking several items without paying.
She is driving a silver, four-door sedan with a passenger inside, with who she appears to communicate non-verbally.
Janse says the video has attracted a lot of attention online.
“As of this morning we have 35,000 views on the video clip we put on,” he said. “The majority of people are in favour of what we did.”
He has also sent the clip, along with another that he says clearly shows the license plate of the suspect vehicle, to the police.
“Most of our clients are really good and honest,” Janse said. “I don’t think it should be difficult for the RCMP to get the person.”