Sunday, 18 June 2017
3 produce workers stole $300,000 worth of avocados
Police are calling it grand theft avocado. Southern California authorities say three produce company workers have been arrested in the theft of up to $300,000 worth of avocados. The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says they were arrested Wednesday, charged with grand theft of fruit and are jailed for lack of $250,000 bail each.
Detectives began investigating the men in May after getting a tip that they were conducting unauthorized cash sales of avocados from a ripening facility in the city of Oxnard owned by Mission Produce. The sheriff's department says the company estimates the avocado loss at about $300,000. It was unclear whether the suspects have attorneys.