Big Island police said they are investigating the theft of more than 1,200 pounds of longan fruit.
The fruit is similar to lychee and is native to southern China.
The fruit is better known by some as "dragon eye."
Farmers KITV4 News spoke with want to remain anonymous. They say more than just fruit was stolen. Entire trees were taken as well.
The farmers are now taking steps to protect their property.
Police said between Feb. 21 and March 8, 20 longan plants and more than 1,200 pounds of the fruit were stolen from several Kurtistown farms.
The stolen fruit's total value is about $4,200. Longan fruit sells between $2.50 and $3.00 a pound.
Farmers say they believe the key to the theft are farmers markets.
While farmers say there is a movement by the markets and prosecutors to document where the fruit sold in the markets came from, community awareness is key.
If you can help police in their investigation, call (808) 935-3311. If you want to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.