More than 600 Pounds of Peaches Stolen From Gloucester County Farm

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MULLICA HILL, N.J. -

Owners of a Gloucester County farm were left looking for answers as they arrived at their orchard one morning to find many of their trees empty.

The Holtzhauser family has been growing a variety of peaches on their Mullica Hill Farm for more than a century.

They pride themselves as being people who work hard to provide their customers with the best peaches around.

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But, on Monday, July 2nd, Tom Holtzhauser was in shock when one of his employees ran into an issue while picking their white peaches.

The employee said, “You need to go look for yourself, there’s no peaches,” explained Holtzhauser, manager at Holtzhauser Farms.

He called the local police department and faced the unthinkable.

“The police and I went into the field to look and there was absolutely not one piece of fruit left on any tree that was supposed to be picked at that time,” said Holtzhauser.

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The suspects stole so many peaches that the owner estimates it’s about $1,000 worth.

“It was like I got the wind kicked out of my stomach, that’s for sure," said Holtzhauser. "We didn’t see anything, we didn’t hear anything. Nobody saw anything and ... we’re just besides ourselves. We’re at a major loss.

"At this point in time, there’s nothing we can do about.” 

For this family-grown farm, a loss of this magnitude makes a big difference.

“I’m not a big farm, I’m not the largest grower in the county, and I depend on every piece of fruit picked off of every single tree to pay my bills," said Holtzhauser. "And right now I’m out ... pretty much five to six days worth of white peaches.”

He encourages anyone that saw or knows anything to contact the Harrison Township Police Department.

But no matter what, the Holtzhauser’s say they won’t let this stop them.

“We still have tons of peaches so don’t be afraid to stop by," said Holtzhauser. "There’s a lot more white fruit coming [and] there’s a lot of yellow fruit coming. So we’re still good to go. We just loss those peaches for this week.” 

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