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Virginia winery loses grape harvest in nighttime heist

ELLISTON (AP) A Montgomery County winery has lost almost its entire crop of grapes in a nighttime theft, just hours before it was to be harvested.

Firefly Hill Vineyards co-owner Allison Dunkenberger told The Roanoke Times that the more than 2 tons of grapes were worth up to $25,000, and not covered by insurance. Authorities are investigating.

Dunkenberger says the theft on the night of Sept. 10 could have been orchestrated only by people familiar with the winery’s operations.

Her husband, David Dunkenberger, didn’t mince words in a Facebook post addressing the “cowardly, human scum” behind the theft: “May you die a slow and agonizingly painful death so that when you are writhing in pain someone will be kind enough to offer you a drink of wine so you know for what you suffer.”

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