Avocado thieves also damaged some farms

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

The suspects, aged 19-30, are said to have committed the thefts across a dozen farmhouses and farms.

The National Police say the group stole the avocados mainly in the El Trapiche area, causing damage costing more than €60,000.

Officers began an investigation, following complaints of a spate of night-time thefts, concerning mangoes and avocados. And, after increasing surveillance, officers were able to identify several members of the group.

The police claimed that the thieves gained entry to the farms by cutting surrounding fences, before driving a vehicle in to collect fruit, and also help them make a quick getaway if discovered.

The group were said to have sold the avocados and mangoes in fruit shops. Officers said the gang paid several people between €50-200 to use their ID documents to sell the crops. The police also allege the group stole farm equipment from some properties.

Over the past year, residents of Velez-Malaga and Axarquia have complained about a spate of avocado thefts, some of which have left farmers with damaged properties and trees.



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