Police alleged the 41-year-old man stole four tonnes of the expensive fruit in 2017 and 2018.
Police alleged the 41-year-old man stole four tonnes of the expensive fruit in 2017 and 2018.

Charges after four tonne avocado theft

HIDDEN cameras have allegedly caught a thief responsible for stealing an incredible four tonnes of avocados.

After a lengthy investigation, a 41-year-old Blackbutt man was charged with the thefts, which police allege occurred throughout 2017 and 2018.

The haul - worth approximately $20,000 - was allegedly taken from two orchards in and around the Blackbutt area - northwest of Brisbane.

Surveillance cameras show a car entering the orchards and stealing the avocados during the last two winter picking seasons.

The 41-year-old man has been charged with a total of 18 offences including six counts of stealing, six counts of receiving stolen property and six counts of fraud.

“These four tonnes of avocados represent income for these two farms and as a result they have suffered significant losses. Our farmers need as much support as possible at this time and theft like this is just intolerable,� Detective Sergeant Mark Ferling said.

The man is to appear in the Nanango Magistrates Court on September 20.


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