Spain: Growers warned about professional citrus thieves

The Valencian association Unió de Llauradors has reported an increase in citrus thefts in recent days due to the higher prices paid this campaign, most of them perpetrated by organised mafias.

In this context, the agrarian organization has announced that it will request an urgent meeting of the Autonomous Security Board, dependent on the Government Delegation.

The latest thefts in the Camp del Túria region, in Valencia, make it clear that the thieves are professionals, both when looking at the volume stolen and the methods and type of vehicles used. In fact, on one occasion, they took 8,000 kilos of Lane Late oranges; an amount that could only be stolen by several people working together, according to the report.

The thieves have also used secateurs, which clearly shows that the destination of the fruit may be an illegal store or street markets.

La Unió believes that, in addition to the work carried out by the security forces and specialised ROCA teams of the Guardia Civil, it is necessary to work on preventing the marketing and distribution of products coming from thefts.

Source: EFE

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