The fruit, valued at $6,000, was reported stolen to the San Diego County sheriff’s department Feb. 26. Near a stretch of the I-15 highway that’s also known as the Avocado Highway, the Lilac Hills Ranch area is home to mixed residential and agricultural uses.
“It’s a lot to take, and it would take a long time to pick 5,000 pounds of avocados,” said Ashley Jenkins, a crime prevention specialist with the department.
“Avocado theft is somewhat common in San Diego County,” said Jenkins, who specializes in crimes affecting agriculture. “A lot of avocados are grown here.”
The crime, which took place near the intersection of West Lilac Road and Standel Lane, is considered grand theft, a felony.