Police: Lodi Farmer Robbed, Carjacked and Threatened at Gunpoint

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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY--

A few miles east of Lodi is a rural area with acres of orchards and vineyards.

In this area, theft is not uncommon.

"Usual diesel thefts, wire, some pump disruption tractors stolen," said Don Meidenger.

But people who live and farm in the area say violent crime is rare.

"That one's a little surprising, that's another level that I don't think we're -- my wife was pretty shocked," said farmer Steve Smit.

At 9:45 Saturday morning, police say three suspects robbed and carjacked a 60-year-old farmer at gunpoint.

It happened on Harney Lane near Highway 88 and Jack Tone Road.

"Yeah, it's pretty frightening that somebody has a weapon on you," said Meidenger.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office says when the farmer pulled up in a white Ford pickup, two vehicles were parked next to a green shed.

Investigators say two suspects, a man and woman, were armed with guns when they walked up to the farmer and told him not to move or they'd kill him.

The male suspect snatched his phone and wallet and made him walk about 1,500 feet to a water pump on the vineyard.

The sheriff's office says the farmer escaped unharmed but the suspects took off with his truck, wallet, cell phone and items from his shed.

For other farmers this is a concerning crime and a reminder to always watch their backs.

"Oh, they better look out, we're not playin' the farmers out here -- it just takes one time and everyone's gonna be on high alert," said Smit.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.

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