New blow to the robberies in the countryside in the Axarquía in the middle of the harvest season of subtropical fruits, mainly mangoes and avocados. On the night of last Monday, a patrol of the Local Police of Torrox surprised two individuals who were stealing avocados on a fenced farm in the area of ??El Morche, who were intervened with 150 kilos of Hass avocados, which were distributed in a dozen sacks and bags.
According to police sources reported to SUR on Wednesday, the thieves had previously knocked down a part of the fence to facilitate the entry and exit of the farm. The two detainees have been charged with the alleged crime of robbery with force. These are two men from a municipality in Granada that, apparently, were being helped by a larger group, another two or three individuals, who managed to flee the place after the arrival of the agents.
Local Police suspect that these other thieves could be neighbors of Torrox, who would have targeted the detainees. "We are going to try to identify all those involved in these days", have consulted the sources consulted by this newspaper. Although the amount intervened, about 150 kilos in total, was not very high, the agents suspect, since the detention took place around 23.00 hours, which were about five individuals in total and for the empty sacks pending filling, that the thieves they intended to steal, possibly, an amount exceeding 1,000 kilos.
The subtracted avocado variety is known as Hass, being the most quoted in the markets, exceeding, at this time, three euros per kilo. However, even at this time this variety has not reached its optimum maturity level, since the appropriate time for collection is about mid-December onwards, depending on the area of ??the Axarquía.
In addition to the actions planned by the Local Police at night, with various controls of vans and vehicles suspected of being able to transport various subtropical fruits, especially avocados and mangoes, the sources consulted have pointed out that a performance has been implemented in the markets of the municipality to verify the origin of this type of fruit, and rule out that products of illicit origin are sold.