‘Grand Theft Avocado:’ $300,000 Worth Of Avocados Stolen By 3 Workers

Holy guacamole!

By Gina Tron

Three produce company workers in Oxnard, California have been arrested for stealing about $300,000 worth of avocados. Ventura County Sheriff's Office has called it "grand theft avocado."

38-year-old Joseph Valenzuela, 28-year-old Carlos Chavez, and 30-year-old Rahim Leblanc were arrested on Wednesday, according to CBS News. Each man was charged with grand theft of fruit and were being held in jail on bail of $250,000 each.

Detectives received a tip back in May that the trio were conducting unauthorized cash sales of avocados from a ripening facility. According to the Los Angeles Times, surveillance video showed the three men stealing avocados. The company estimated the avocado loss at about $300,000. The losses were covered by insurance.

"We take these kinds of thefts seriously. It's a big product here and in California," sheriff's Sgt. John Franchi told the Los Angeles Times. "Everybody loves avocados."

Police think the men were stealing and selling avocados for several months, Franchi said.

[ Ventura County Sheriff's Office]

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