ALFRED (WGME) – State police are looking for a real life Grinch after hundreds of holiday wreaths were stolen from an Alfred farm store over the weekend.
Today, the season looks as special as it feels at Gile’s Family Farm. It’s festive inside, too.
Owner Frank Boucher said someone tried to spoil their holiday season by tealing a trailer from behind the business. He said “I mean its a fun time of year, normally.”
He added “It was full of wreaths, had over 200 wreaths.” He had bought those wreaths to sell alongside the ones they make.
He left them in the trailer overnight. Boucher stated “Sometime between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Saturday, when we came back we noticed the trailer was missing.”
He estimates the total value at about $5,000. He added “Takes a bite out of the Christmas profit.”
Boucher said the trailer was parked right over by a truck. He’s not sure whether the thieves were after that or the wreaths. Especially with all the Christmas trees right there. He said they’re worth far more, but weren’t touched.
“Well it was just hard to fathom why they’d take a trailer load, seems as though someone had a plan I’d have thought you need a place to take 200 wreaths, You’re not gonna decorate your house.” bOUCHER ADDED.
He reported the theft to state police, who are now investigating, but said there’s not much to go on. “No surveillance, yet. Soon coming.” he stated.
Boucher also shared the story on social media and asked the public to keep an eye out. He said “I’m hoping they’ll find trailer at some point you know if somebody leave it, register it. The wreaths I don’t expect to ever see again.”
Those wreaths may be gone for good, but the holiday spirit simply can’t be stolen.