Police in Japan's Asahi city arrested six Vietnamese who allegedly stole 112 specialty melons which a farmer representative said must have been too green to eat, local media reported Tuesday.
The arrests were made soon after the suspects made off with the melons from a farm in Boso Peninsula on June 19, a report on the Asahi Shimbun quoted officers from the Asahi police as saying.
The men raided the farm around 2:30 a.m. and targeted a brand of melon called Iioka Takami melon, a specialty produce of Asahi city, the police said.
One of the suspects denied involvement in the theft, but the others admitted to stealing the melons, valued at 67,000 yen ($640) in total, which they said they had intended to eat.
The report quoted a representative of the Iioka Melon Department of JA (Japan Agricultural Cooperatives) Chiba-midori, as saying that Takami melons are usually harvested between the end of June and the beginning of July.
The stolen melons, therefore, must have been too green to eat, the representative said.