Seven arrested for allegedly stealing 30,000 kilos of avocados in Velez-Malaga

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AVOCADO THEFTS: The group allegedly cut fences to gain access to farms in Velez-Malaga. Credit: National Police and Shutterstock

POLICE in Axarquia have arrested seven people accused of stealing almost 30,000 kilos of avocados in Velez-Malaga.

The suspects, aged between 19 and 30-years-old are said to have carried out thefts across a dozen farmhouses and farms.

According to the National Police, the group stole around 27,800 kilos of avocados, mainly in the El Trapiche area, and causing more than €60,000 of damage. Officers began investigating following complaints of a spate of night-time avocado and mango thefts. After increasing surveillance, officers reportedly identified several members of the group.

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The National Police claimed the thieves access the farms by cutting fences surrounding farms before driving a vehicle in to collect fruit and help them make a quick getaway if discovered.  The group were said to have sold the avocados and mangoes in fruit shops. According to police, the gang also paid several people between €50 and €200 to use their identity documents to sell the crops. Officers also allege the group stole farm equipment from some properties.

Over the past year, residents of Velez-Malaga and Axarquia have complained of a spate of avocado thefts, some of which have farmers with damage to property and trees.


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