10 Avocado Limit for Thief: Judge

If he's caught with more than 10 avocados, he faces six months in jail

Friday, Oct 21, 2011  |  Updated 8:55 AM PDT
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The admitted thief is banned from carrying more than 10 anywhere, anytime.

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An admitted avocado thief is reaping the fruits of his crime: He's banned from possessing more than 10 at a time.

Barron Stein of Fallbrook was sentenced Thursday for grand theft by a San Diego County judge.

Stein stole up to 1,000 pounds of avocados from a Bonsall grove in March. The haul was worth about $1,500.

The North County Times says the unemployed tow-truck driver claimed he was desperate to support his family. Security cameras caught him.

Authorities say he has a history of avocado thefts.

Stein wasn't given jail time but during his three years of probation he must avoid avocado groves without permission and can't possess more than 10 at a time.

Violations will land him in jail for 180 days.

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