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Produce workers steal over $300k worth of avocados

By Christina Cavaleri June 19, 2017
Avocado

What is it with our love for avocados?

Sure, they’re tasty, a superfood and delicious with pretty much everything savoury, but are they really worth stealing.

Well according to these three men they are.

Avocado thieves

Carlos Chavez, 28; Rahim Leblanc, 30; and Joseph Valenzuela, 38 - were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of grand theft of avocados. 

The three produce workers have stolen $US300,000 worth of the popular fruit in America.

Sgt John Franchi of Ventura county sheriff’s department.

“We take these kinds of thefts seriously.

“It’s a big product here and in California.”

Time magazine reported 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.

It all started back in May when investigators received a tip off about the men.

They were told the produce company workers were selling avocados through unauthorised cash sales from a ripening facility.

The avocado prices have increased recently overseas because of diminished crop in California and Mexico increasing the demand worldwide.

In America, the Hass Avocado Board reported that the average sales price for an avocado was 89 cents in January. 

By March 19, the latest week of data reported, it had risen to $1.25, and avocados at Whole Foods in New York now sell for $2.50 each. 

Down here in Australia we’re paying around $2.80 to $3.50 for an avocado. 

Some times even more.

Back in 2013 we were paying around $2.00 for the green deliciousness.