Quantcast

Grand theft avocado: 3 arrested in $300K California theft - KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo

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

Posted: Updated:
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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

WEATHER
Drive the Doppler
Powered by Frankly

© KOAA.com 2017, KOAA.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?