Orange snatchers caught red-handed in Tavira

Three men were arrested last week after being caught red-handed stealing 200 kilos of oranges from an orchard in Santo Estevão, Tavira.

Police were tipped off by producers who noticed “two vehicles moving suspiciously in the area”.

The men were found shortly after. Besides the 200 kilos of fruit they had already picked, they had “many empty bags in their possession” which may indicate they planned to steal even more.

The arrests were made Thursday night (August 4) as part of GNR’s ‘Citrino Seguro’ operation, which aims to cut down on the number of fruit snatching crimes at local orchards. It started on July 27 and will continue until Monday (August 15).
GNR police say that these kinds of operations have allowed them to arrest 10 people this year in the Algarve.

The trio, aged between 32 and 38, has already been heard by Tavira’s Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The issue of orange snatching was highlighted in June by several Algarve producers, who complained about a string of thefts that had caused them “thousands of euros of losses” (click here).