NEW ZEALAND — After the price of avocados reached a record high in New Zealand earlier this year, thieves are trying to capitalize on the ongoing shortage.
Growing international demand and 2015’s poor crop are believed to be behind the rash of avocado heists. There have already been roughly 40 “large-scale thefts” in 2016, mostly from orchards located on New Zealand’s North Island, according to The Guardian.
The bandits usually strike at night, raking as much fruit out of the trees as they can carry, then selling it at a markup to local vendors and restaurants.
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