Spanish thieves busted for stealing over 19 tons of olives

Spanish thieves busted for stealing over 19 tons of olives

A band of thieves working in rural Spain had been busted after making off with over 19 tons of olives, based on native authorities.

The group robbed six farms within the Las Vegas area outdoors of the capital of Madrid, Agence France-Presse reported. Sixteen individuals have been arrested, and 5 others investigated by nationwide police.

“The Guardia Civil has arrested and investigated 21 individuals behind the theft of 17,500 kilograms [38580 pounds] of olives within the Las Vegas area,” police stated.

An investigation into the olive thefts started in January after a farmer reported that over 18,500 kilos of olives had been stolen from his land. Authorities linked the incident to different stories within the space of thefts involving “important portions of olives,” The Guardia Civil stated.

Police discovered documentation revealing the thieves stole greater than 19 tons of olives.
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Then in February, police obtained stories of 5 individuals carrying greater than 300 kilos of olives in broad daylight, however they weren’t in a position to show that they acquired them legally, AFP reported.

Police raided two olive presses within the Toledo and Guadalajara areas that had been allegedly urgent the stolen fruit into olive oil and arrested these in cost.

Investigators uncovered paperwork outlining the trade of greater than 19 tons of stolen olives and seized a number of tanks containing greater than 1,500 gallons of olive oil.

Those arrested, who’re between ages 20 and 57, had been slapped with plenty of fees together with, theft, fraud and receiving stolen items, based on AFP.

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The thieves had been discovered with over 1,500 gallons of olive oil.
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Prices of olives and olive oil have skyrocketed following final yr’s extreme drought, threatening the world’s provide.

In Spain, which provides 80% of the world’s olive oil, harvests had been down 50%, making it the worst season within the final 15 years, based on Jon Davis, chief meteorologist for Everstream Analytics, a provide chain predictive insights and threat analytics firm. 

“The wide-scale drought situations throughout Europe, Mediterranean international locations, considerably impacted the worldwide provide since roughly 80% of the olive manufacturing comes from this space,” Davis instructed Fox Weather final month.

One olive oil producer predicted that Spain had sufficient olive oil to provide home wants and stated he believes there might be no olive oil accessible within the fourth quarter of 2023.

Olive costs have elevated globally following final yr’s drought in Europe.
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Davis instructed Fox Weather that olive oil costs in America have risen “30% to 50% relying upon the realm.”

Other points affecting the trade embrace an olive tree-killing bacteria together with COVID-related manufacturing issues and provide points stemming from the continuing warfare in Ukraine.



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