The fair, which takes place from February 8-10, is taking place amidst poor weather and harvest conditions in Spain that have led to price increases and even rationing at supmermarkets for fresh vegetables across Europe. The trio allegedly skimmed avocados from shipments and sold boxes of them out of the back doors of the facility. But the distribution facility recently stopped that practice and began delivering pallets of the fruit to its customers instead.
Meanwhile, after their arrest on Wednesday, the three suspects in the grand avocado heist are being held in Ventura County Jail on bonds of $250,000 each.
According to Barnard, the company is among the largest distributors of avocados in the world and normally sells a box of the fruit for $50.
Barnard said that he was tipped off by customers that "something was amiss", and by the company's bookkeepers who realised that their numbers had not been adding up. Sheriff's officials suspect they had been selling the avocados illegally for months.
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"I guess they got greedy and they got bulletproof", he told the newspaper.
Anyone who purchased avocados from the Mission Produce facility on Dufau Road within the last few months is encouraged to contact Sheriff's Detective David Boynton at 805-388-5100.
In 2015, California exported $US25 million worth of avocados, according to the UC Davis Centre for Agricultural Issues. When the company checked its security cameras, they discovered that the three suspects were selling the avocados they stole and pocketing the cash.