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• Or­chardists are ad­vised to be vig­i­lant, to in­stall se­cu­rity sys­tems where ap­pro­pri­ate, and to re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to the po­lice.

They are not, how­ever, ad­vised to con­front thieves in the act. Safety comes first.

Po­lice are ed­u­cat­ing buy­ers that av­o­ca­dos with no stalks or long stalks are likely to be stolen, and ask­ing them to be aware of where they are pur­chas­ing their fruit.

• Av­o­cado thieves can be charged with bur­glary, which

has a max­i­mum penalty of 10 years’ im­pris­on­ment.

If a shop owner has know­ingly pur­chased stolen av­o­ca­dos, they could be charged with re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, which car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of seven years’ in prison.

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