Jobless Avocado Thief Banned From Possession Of 10 Or More; Guacamole OK

SAN DIEGO (CBS) — An unemployed Southland man who admitted to stealing nearly a half-ton of avocados in northern San Diego County is a free man on Friday — but it comes at a very unusual price.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports Barron Stein of Fallbrook admitted he ripped off up to 1,000 pounds of avocados from nearby groves earlier this year.

The unemployed 44-year-old truck driver said he was going to sell the fruit to help support his family when he entered a guilty plea on Sept. 21 in Vista Superior Court.

He was charged with grand theft of agricultural crops in connection with an incident in March at two separate local groves.

As part of his three-year probation sentence, Stein is banned from possessing more than 10 avocados at any time.

“Somebody can have guacamole, they can avocados on their sandwiches, but they cannot have a commercial quantity of avocados on their person,” said agriculture crime prosecutor Liz Silva.

“It would be a violation of their probation,” she added.

If caught with more than 10 avocados, Stein could face up to six months in jail.

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  • rich

    stupid laws

    • Cheryl Cornell

      It’s not stupid laws. It’s stupid judges.


    “Somebody can have guacamole, they can avocados on their sandwiches, but they cannot have a commercial quantity of avocados on their person,” Prosecutor Liz Silva.

    She must be a smart person.. LoL.

  • Pray4Peace

    People who steal should be appropriately punished, but since the crime happened in California it is surprising he is was not sentenced to life in prison.

    Even through the GOP was in favor of it earlier, they blocked the National Criminal Justice Committee act that would have studied our failed criminal justice systems and made UNBINDING recommendations.

    The prison industrial complex is stealing our children’s education and allowing our infrastructure to rot while it pushes states towards bankruptcy. The National Criminal Justice Commission Act should not be treated as a political football.

    GOP says even looking into the crisis should be left to the states. The prison crisis drained so much money from the states they have no funds to look at overhauling their failed criminal justice systems.

    California is an example of one state with a failed criminal justice system that the commission would benefit. The Supreme Court upheld the Constitution and California must reduce the number of prisoners it packs in like feedlot cattle. Prisoners in isolation are on hunger strikes against the physiological torture. The huge Los Angeles County Jail is being investigated over blatantt prisoner beatings and other abuse. “Lifers” who served their time and are suitable for parole are seldom released even through less than 1/2 of 1 percent ever commits a new crime. The number of paroled lifers who harm someone is even rarer. We know Texas, Alabama and other states have similar horrid criminal justice stories.

    It is time we stop letting politics stop progress in our country.

  • Aaron Houghton

    what if he wanted to get into a legal avocado business to support his family? this is exposure…buy em cheaper! it’s as if he stole em!!! lol

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