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Grand theft avocado: 3 arrested in $300K California theft

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From left: Rahim Leblanc, Joseph Valenzuela, and Carlos Chavez were arrested Wednesday in the theft of up to $300,000 worth of avocados. (Ventura County Sheriff's Office via AP) From left: Rahim Leblanc, Joseph Valenzuela, and Carlos Chavez were arrested Wednesday in the theft of up to $300,000 worth of avocados. (Ventura County Sheriff's Office via AP)

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - 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.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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