Man allegedly steals 4 tonnes of avocados

A MAN has been charged after allegedly stealing four tonnes of avocados from a farm in Queensland.

The 41-year-old is accused of stealing $20,000 worth of avocados from two orchards in and around the Blackbutt area during 2017 and 2018.

The man was allegedly captured on surveillance cameras, driving onto the farm and taking the avocados during the last two winter seasons.


The accused was formally charged on Friday with 18 offences, including six counts each of stealing, receiving stolen property and fraud.

Detective Sergeant Mark Ferling said the owners of the two farms had suffered “significant losses”.

“These four tonnes of avocados represent income for these two farms and as a result they have suffered significant losses,” Detective Sergeant Ferling said.

“Our farmers need as much support as possible at this time and theft like this is just intolerable,”

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

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Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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