Rahim Leblanc, 30 (Picture: AP)

Police are calling it grand theft avocado.

Three produce company workers have been arrested in the theft of up to $300,000 (£235,000) worth of avocados, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

Joseph Valenzuela, 38, Carlos Chavez, 28, and Rahim Leblanc, 30, were each charged with grand theft of fruit and were being held in jail on bail of $250,000 each.

They were arrested on Wednesday.

It was unclear whether they have attorneys.

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Thre men accused of grand theft avocado after nicking £235,000 of the fruit

Carlos Chavez, 28 (Picture: AP)

Thre men accused of grand theft avocado after nicking £235,000 of the fruit

Joseph Valenzuela, 38 (Picture: AP)

Detectives began investigating the suspects in May after receiving a tip that they were conducting unauthorised cash sales of avocados from a ripening facility in the city of Oxnard owned by the Mission Produce company.

The company estimated the avocado loss at about $300,000, the sheriff’s office said.

‘We take these kinds of thefts seriously. It’s a big product here and in California,’ sheriff’s Sgt. John Franchi told the Los Angeles Times. ‘Everybody loves avocados.’

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