APPROXIMATELY 500 tomato plants were vandalised in El Molino in Nijar.
Guardia Civil officers began the investigation after reports of the tomato damage. The perpetrator had cut through a perimeter and torn tomato plants from their wires although the fruit had not been removed.
The officers examined the property and discovered a wallet and mobile phone, which did not belong to the owner. The wallet contained identification that enabled the officers to track down the forgetful vandal, arresting 33-year-old MO, a resident of Nijar, on suspicion of criminal damage.
MO and the case details have been passed to Almeria magistrate courts for processing.