Spanish police stops car with four tonnes of stolen oranges

This week Spanish police stopped a car in Carmona, near Seville, because the vehicle was being driven erratically. Then however, they made a fruity discovery: about 4 tonnes of stolen oranges were crammed inside the small vehicle.

When police opened a door, a stream of oranges came tumbling out. The four tonnes of stolen fruit are worth € 1400. News travels quickly; it was picked up by the New Zealand Herald.

The suspects told the police they had found the fruit by the roadside and that it was all for their personal consumption. However, Spain has laws around the amount of fruit you can transport without paperwork and they did not have the required paperwork for 4 tonnes of fruit.

Theft of oranges is not uncommon in Spain, where farmers have even reportedly hired vigilantes to protect their orchards. A spike in the price of oranges is usually accompanied by a spike in orange thefts.

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