(WHAM) - Investigators with the New York State Police are trying to get to the core of a crime in Niagara County.
Troopers said they were called on September 23 by farmers with Sanger Farms on Lockport Road in Porter.
According to the farmers, hundreds of honeycrisp apples were taken from the farm's trees. The total loss of apples is estimated to cost $5,000.
The farmers last sprayed for insects on the trees between September 7; the apples were discovered missing on September 21. Police said the apples were picked clean off of the bottom of the tree and no apples had fallen or were dropped on the ground, as usually happens when people pick them.
Sanger Farms hosts a U-Pick section on its orchards, but these trees were located in an area that was closed to the public.
Anyone with information should contact the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at (585) 644-6200 and use the report reference number 9835913.