Grower warns fruit unripe after avocado theft

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AVOCADO theft has raised its head again in recent days and a Gisborne grower has taken to social media to advise thieves who stole avos from their property not to eat them as they are not ripe.

Police have warned avocado growers to be extra vigilant and for people living near avocado orchards to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour.

They have also warned shopkeepers buying avocados to be sure where the fruit they buy has come from.

“Once again some person has been nicking our avos,” the local grower said on Facebook.

“If you see bright green Hass for sale do not waste your money. They need another month or two before picking and so will not ripen well. They will be watery and rubbery.

“Do not buy off anyone who cannot prove they grew them!”

Another grower said they were looking into a security system.

“The thieves have hit us several time now it is very frustrating.”

A 38-year-old Gisborne man was arrested and charged last week with burglary after the alleged theft of avocados from an orchard at Makaraka.

Police were alerted after a security system on the property was triggered and a man was arrested by a police dog team that tracked him away from the property.

Tairawhiti police put out an advisory about the thefts last month but a fortnight ago reported the spate of thefts appeared to have died down.

In the past week the theft problem has returned judging by the social media traffic.

The Herald has been told of one grower who lost 10 bins of avocados in one night this week.

AVOCADO theft has raised its head again in recent days and a Gisborne grower has taken to social media to advise thieves who stole avos from their property not to eat them as they are not ripe.

Police have warned avocado growers to be extra vigilant and for people living near avocado orchards to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour.

They have also warned shopkeepers buying avocados to be sure where the fruit they buy has come from.

“Once again some person has been nicking our avos,” the local grower said on Facebook.

“If you see bright green Hass for sale do not waste your money. They need another month or two before picking and so will not ripen well. They will be watery and rubbery.

“Do not buy off anyone who cannot prove they grew them!”

Another grower said they were looking into a security system.

“The thieves have hit us several time now it is very frustrating.”

A 38-year-old Gisborne man was arrested and charged last week with burglary after the alleged theft of avocados from an orchard at Makaraka.

Police were alerted after a security system on the property was triggered and a man was arrested by a police dog team that tracked him away from the property.

Tairawhiti police put out an advisory about the thefts last month but a fortnight ago reported the spate of thefts appeared to have died down.

In the past week the theft problem has returned judging by the social media traffic.

The Herald has been told of one grower who lost 10 bins of avocados in one night this week.

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