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A tomato ripening on the vine might disappear before it is completely ripe.

Theft in the garden

There is a tomato stealer in the neighborhood. I had a beautiful huge tomato that I was waiting to pick once it completely ripened. Today while watering my plants I noticed the big beautiful tomato was gone.

I haven't had as many tomatoes this year as I have had in past years. Could it be that others have gone missing as well? If so, the thief has been good about leaving some so as not to draw too much attention.

Possible suspects are the raccoons I have been hearing outside my house at night. It could also be my beagle, who has been spending long unexplained time outside at night before bed.

The theft is a mystery that might never be solved unless I can catch the thief red handed. Or, should I say red pawed.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)