- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2020

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Fifty hemp plants were cut down overnight and stolen from a field in Moretown, Vermont, officials said.

The theft of the plants, which state police said weighed 500 pounds, happened overnight on Sunday or in the early hours of Monday morning.

“The theft appears to have been premeditated and involve more than one individual, utilizing shearing tools and large vehicles,” the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets said in a statement.

The owner of the plants, Jenna Rossbach, posted a photo on Instagram showing a cut off hemp stalk, saying all 50 of her plants were stolen.

Growers of hemp must register with the state agricultural agency to legally posses the plants.

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