Potato thieves cross border by night

March 28, 2011 10:29:29 AM PDT
Police in northern Greece have arrested nine Bulgarians accused of crossing the border to steal potatoes from fields at night. Police said Monday that the five men and four women were arrested and detained early Sunday will digging up and loading 800 kilograms (1,760 pounds) of stolen potatoes onto a truck, outside the northern Greek city of Drama that is close to the border with Bulgaria.

Police launched its operation after a farmer who owned the field and kept overnight watch said some 14 metric tons (15.7 tons) of potatoes were stolen in the previous week.