CAC provides a variety of resources to help California avocado growers discourage theft in their avocado groves. The articles below provide information concerning avocado and agricultural theft of interest to growers. Growers can also request avocado theft protection signs, report avocado theft via the CAC theft hotline, or file an anti-theft reward claim.

Theft Protection News

Invasive Tree Pests Workshop to be Held in San Diego

  • Sep 10, 2018

The UCCE San Diego is hosting an Invasive Tree Pests Workshop on Friday, October 19 that will focus on three invasive pests that have killed hundreds of thousands of trees in Southern California — Goldspotted Oak Borer, Invasive Shot Hole Borers/Fusarium Dieback Disease and South American Palm Weevils.

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Recent Oxnard Area Avocado Theft and Arrest

  • May 15, 2018

On May 7, deputies in the Oxnard area were dispatched for an avocado theft in progress at a nearby grove. The suspect was later arrested at a nearby fruit stand after he was positively identified by the person who reported the theft.

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Ventura County Authorities Seek Information Concerning Stolen Tractor

  • Nov 14, 2017

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding the theft of a 2007 John Deere 790 Tractor from the Oxnard area.

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Thieves Targeting Micro-Filtration and Irrigation Equipment in Ventura County

  • Sep 15, 2016

Ventura County Agricultural Crimes Detective Chip Chadman is cautioning California avocado growers to be on the alert and take precautionary steps to protect micro-filtration and irrigation equipment and report suspicious activity. According to Detective Chapman, a theft of micro-filtration equipment was recently reported in the unincorporated areas of Ventura/Oxnard.

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Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Encourages Growers to Utilize App to Report Crimes

  • Aug 26, 2016

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Farm Watch has partnered with Nextdoor, a private online social network that makes it easy for neighbors to share real time information about thefts and crime using a cell phone, tablet or computer. Learn more about this free App.

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Profile of a Ventura County Avocado Thief

  • Mar 14, 2016

Agriculture Crimes Detective Chip Cadman recently released information concerning the theft of avocados in the Santa Paula area. Learn more!

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