June 06, 2020

Money, change machine taken from berry factory

CHERRYFIELD — The Washington County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary discovered early Wednesday morning at the Cherryfield Foods Inc. blueberry factory.

Plant Manager Karl Leighton discovered the burglary at about 6 a.m. Wednesday. Thieves entered the two-story building through a rear window of the boiler room and went to the employees’ lunchroom on the second floor, where they stole more than $500 from two vending machines.

Deputy Sheriff John Farnsworth said a coin exchange machine, weighing more than 250 pounds, was transported in a wheelbarrow down a long stairway to the front door, where the machine was loaded into a stolen CFI pickup truck.

The truck was found later Wednesday abandoned and stuck in a ditch on old Route 1 near the mouth of Elmer Morris’ gravel pit in Harrington. A door of the truck was damaged.

Although the money exchange machine was not recovered, Farnsworth estimated that as much as $500 could have been in the machine.

A cake vending machine, also in the lunchroom, was found pried open and its coin box missing.

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