Fallbrook man arrested on suspicion of stealing 1,000 pounds of avocados

FALLBROOK – A Fallbrook man was arrested on suspicion of stealing about 1,000 pounds of avocados — worth about $1,500 — from a grove in Bonsall, Sheriff’s deputies announced today.

Surveillance cameras captured the March 15 crime and the suspect was later identified as Barron Stein, 43, Detective Jim Pucillo said.

Stein has a history of avocado theft, Pucillo said.

Sheriff’s deputies released a wanted bulletin on Tuesday and a patrol deputy recognized the suspect walking in the 1100 block of Old Stage Road in Fallbrook Pucillo said. Stein was booked into the Vista Detention Facility under suspicion of grand theft, he said.

The Vista jail said Stein was released on $20,000 bail on Wednesday.

16 Responses to "Fallbrook man arrested on suspicion of stealing 1,000 pounds of avocados"

  1. Legal Resident   August 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Sounds as if this guy has a problem, if he has a history with Avo Theft.

    I hope he gets the help he needs and maybe next time, do as most of us do. Either by your avos or ask a grove owner for a few, they usually let you have a couple.

    This amount sounds more like an economy driven crime. Trying to steal for money. Prayers with you Barron.

  2. NAVY VET   August 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Lock him up and toss the key this time.

  3. Fallbrook Resident   August 27, 2011 at 2:57 am

    I hear a lot of negative comments towards our Sheriffs on this site….I think they work very hard and do a great job considering their huge area of protection and lack of Deputies…Great jobs guys! Keep it up!!! More thank you than not!!!!

  4. Pooh Sticks   August 27, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I would blame this on too much time playing video games, especially "Grand Theft Avo".

  5. De Luz Neighbor   August 27, 2011 at 8:25 am

    The Mom and Pop avocado growers around Fallbrook have been dropping like flies. The dead and dying trees bear witness to the prohibitive production costs. Water prices have gone through the roof and despite the poor economy, labor was nowhere to be found this season.

    This guy has probably pushed some of us over the edge.

    So glad he’s been caught (again). His actions strike at the heart of our community’s uniqueness and lifeblood. Let’s hope our District Attorney takes the ramifications of his actions to heart.

  6. Deborah Haydis   August 27, 2011 at 8:52 am

    It was my grove that incurred the theft. And, theft has been continual over the last 10 years. Every year 1-6,000 pounds(or more) of fruit have been stolen. Thank you to the sherriffs for taking action. This has to be stopped in our community. Thieves are known to market stolen fruit at swap meets. And, vendors who are marketing stolen fruit are required to show a receipt of purchase prior to re-selling. This venue needs to be investigated and thieves need to be stopped!

  7. Not Ray   August 27, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Barron Stein. Wow, things must be tough in Germany!

  8. Pessimistic   August 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    20K bail at 10% is 2K. He must have been stealing tons of avocados between then and now to come up with that kind of coin. Green Gold…

    Obviously someone finally came across him and put a possible name to the mug from that surveillance footage, prompting that wanted bulletin. Excellent work. Maybe the word will get out to those avo thieves, most of whom are probably from out of the area.

  9. Chelle   August 28, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Deborah: I never buy from people walking around selling avocados and strawberries and such. I unfortunately buy fromt he store that sells them for $2 an avocado. Whats sad is when I went home to Colorado in July the regular store was selling Fallbrook Avocados for $0.29 a piece 🙁

  10. Legal Resident   August 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    For the most part, I am on Debroah side. No one should be stealing from others, period.

    But I also am a American Citizen that got tired of hearing from the Avo Industry about lack of interest of American Workers. So inshort, I went to numerous Avo industry, etc.. sites for California to see about jobs, etc… (think I am lying, test it for yourself)

    Do you know not one of the Major Avo Indurstries in California have any employment information on their sites, period. No human resources, no infor on hiring, jobs, pay, benefits, how, who,to meet or talk to etc..

    I also emailed (no response since the past few months) and called and was rudely told to speak to "XXX XXXX because they don’t keep that info on their websites". "You have to talk to him personally, because they hire within…."

    So they don’t place jobs that are needed, they hire within, and then they complain that they can’t get American workers??

    Deborah, I don’t condone stealing, but if your looking for some sympathy, you won’t find it here. Maybe you can find it in the Latin American countries that your Avo Industry Companies hire from. Remember, hire Illegally, then hire within is a great way to hide jobs from actual citizens.

    Just tell the truth and don’t "complain" when your questioned about American workers that "you can’t find".

    So, even though it isn’t cool,

  11. father McQuire   August 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    please pray for this green Barron

  12. Redneck Bill   August 30, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Padre McQuire.

    Unless you have the dispensation of the 9 First Fridays, this lying stuff will get you in deep kimchi with El Queso Grande.

  13. avo grower   August 30, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Chelle; I find it very hard to believe that you could buy "legal" avos in Colorado for $0.29 when the packing houses were paying twice that much to buy from the farmer. Those had to be stolen.

    Legal Resident; I doubt Deborah is looking for sympathy but I’m glad to hear you are willing to work as an avo picker. You didn’t say why you are not willing to call for an interview. I pick a lot of my own avos and wanted to hire my own crew but the workmans comp costs were too high. There is a shortage of pickers and I’m sure if you get a little more proactive you will be able to find a job next season. Good luck.

  14. De Luz Neighbor   August 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    "Legal Resident"

    Did you just tell Deborah to tell the truth?

    You sir, would not know the truth if it fell on your head. I was the one that said there was a shortage of labor this year.

    You talked to who? The major avocado industries? What in the world are you talking about? There is no such thing as a "major avocado industry" for you to have contacted. The average avocado grove is only five acres. You claim you visited some type of "site" that growers have for labor recruitment? There is no such "site". And a what? A "human resources" department? You’re a funny guy! We’re not General Electric. We are individual growers who barely manage to pay the water bill, moreover, most of us are upside-down and loosing money.

    I noticed you finished your disassociated rant about labor and Latin America with an unfinished sentence. Should we give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you passed out? Hopefully, your thoughtless assumptions and accusations directed towards Deborah (a victim of theft) were the result of a drunken stupor and not something more serious.

  15. love free avo's   August 30, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Hope he learned his lesson I know Barron and worked with him b4 the economy took a dump and he lost his job

  16. please   December 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    pickers you do mean ”Mexicans"" because ”whites” would rather make a sign and wait on the street to beg . ”Actual citizens” or ”whits” wont do this kind of work . I’m sorry that people cant keep are lazy and feel the need to take from hard working folks. Let me say the US born Mexicans dont want to do this kind of work.


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