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10 year jail term for avocado thieves
Posted at 8:15am Tuesday 22 Aug, 2017
Avocado thieves could potentially face 10 years in jail if caught stealing the green fruit.
This is the latest warning from police following a number of instances where avocados have been stolen and then sold on Facebook.
If an individual or shop owner has knowingly purchased stolen avocados, they could potentially be charged with receiving stolen property, which carries a maximum imprisonment of seven years, says Senior Sergeant David Sutherland.
“If you have an avocado orchard or live near one please keep a look out for any suspicious activity and if you see anything, report it to police immediately.
“Also when you are buying avocados, whether you are an individual or shop owner make sure you are buying them from a reputable source,” says David.
"As a community, it’s important to work together to minimise risk to local businesses and to livelihoods.
“Report anything that’s out of place or appears suspicious.”
People can report information anonymously via the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 line.