Police are using night-vision goggles to snatch cherry thieves. The brazen crooks cause nightmares for farmers by raiding their orchards at night, picking most of the fruit and then selling them at markets.
But authorities have launched a "cherry war" — which includes watching farms at night — in a bid to protect the valuable crops.
One farmer, Sylvia Hristova, said her family relies almost entirely on cherry production to make a living, adding the iniative across.
had made their income safe this year. She added: "The cherries are our bread and butter after all." Bulgaria