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.
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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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