Police said Tuesday that about 2,000 bunches of grapes were stolen from a vineyard on the outskirts of Koshu City in Yamanashi Prefecture. Police said the grapes, a special variety known as Dark Ridge, were estimated to be worth 5 million yen.
The owner of the vineyards reported the theft about 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. According to the prefectural fruit and foodstuffs distribution office, not many farmers in Yamanashi grow the Dark Ridge variety of grapes. The crop was planned for harvest at the end of the month.