Thursday, April 07, 2005
Perhaps his opening bid was too low?
A Harvard economics professor is in trouble for stealing a truckload of manure from a nearby farm:
Stable manager Phillip Casey says Martin Weitzman, Harvard University's Ernest E. Monrad Professor of Economics, has been stealing manure from Charlie Lane's Rockport farm for years.
Police said said Casey found Weitzman on the property last Friday, so he blocked in Weitzman's pickup truck and called police. Weitzman got angry, Casey said, then offered to pay for the manure he'd already taken. But Casey said he wouldn't budge because he wanted the thefts to stop.
''He offered me $20 for it and then $40 for it,'' Casey said.
Casey said the land was marked private property and Weitzman, 63, had been warned before.
''He's been doing it for years,'' Casey told the Gloucester Daily Times.
The farm sells the manure for $35 a truckload and also uses it to fertilize a pasture.
Rockport police officer Michael Marino said Weitzman, who lives in neighboring Gloucester, is charged with larceny under $250, trespassing, and malicious destruction of property for tearing up some land with his tires.
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