California men accused of hidden $300,000 in avocados

Guac ‘em up.

Three southern California men were arrested for grand burglary of avocados for lifting $300,000 of the pebble-skinned fruit, officials said.

Joseph Valenzuela, 38, Carlos Chavez, 28, and Rahim Leblanc, 30, are accused of hidden the avocados from the Mission Produce ripening plant they worked at in Ventura County.

“They are in demand. Everybody loves avocados,” Sgt. John Franchi with the Venture County Sheriff’s Office told the Los Angeles Times.

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“We take these kinds of thefts seriously,” he added. “It’s a big product here and in California.”

Avocado exports from California totalled $25 million in 2015, the journal reported.

In May the sheriff’s bureau launched an review into the scheme and arrested the suspects on Wednesday.

There’s also “the probability that the suspects sole the avocados to unappreciative customers, who suspicion they were profitable Mission Produce for the fruit,” the detain report says.

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Customers before used to collect up avocado orders from the ripening plant, but the company recently switched to delivering directly to customers, Franchi told the LA Times.

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Valenzuela, 38, Chavez 28 and Leblanc, 30, were arrested for grand burglary of avocado.

(Ventura County Sheriff)

Some people didn’t comprehend that, so the 3 seized the event and sole them out the plant’s back door, the journal reported.

Only they didn’t pass the income up to their bosses, cops said.

“They were looking to make money,” Franchi told the LA Times.

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Avocados typically sell for $50 a box, Mission Produce President Steve Barnard told the newspaper.

Things started to demeanour astray when the books didn’t supplement up, he added. Customers also beheld the prices were wrong.

That’s since the employees were selling them them for $20 to $30 a box.

Barnard pronounced the company went to the confidence cameras and detected the trio’s scheme.

“I theory they got miserly and they got bulletproof,” he told the LA Times.

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