News 19 june — 14:22

Trio charged with $300,000 avocado theft


Few foodstuffs arouse passions like the humble avocado, BBC reports.

Depending who you ask, the gnarly green fruit is the vitamin-laden hero of brunch - or the reason millennials can't buy houses.

Back in May, a surge in global demand sent avocado prices to a record high.

And police say this may have driven three California men to steal up to $300,000 (£234,770) worth of them from an Oxnard produce firm where they worked.

Ventura County Sheriff's Office said Carlos Chavez, Rahim Leblanc, and Joseph Valenzuela were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of grand theft of fruit.

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