25 Nov

Olive thieves make off with 4,000-pound harvest

A Corning couple is out around $1,200 after thieves stole 4,000 pounds of freshly harvested olives Sunday night.

By Ryan Sabalow,

Katherine Woodson, who owns a 20-acre plantation with her husband Marshall, said that an olive harvesting contractor had worked all day Saturday and Sunday getting the harvest ready to take the fruit to wholesalers on Monday.

The unprocessed black-fruit olives were sitting on tarps and in boxes in an isolated and out-of-sight area near New Jersey and Michigan avenues, she said.

“It was sitting close to the road, which was bad,” she said today.

The thieves had enough bins to move the two-ton load, equivalent to a large full-size pickup truck, she said.

A deputy from the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office arrived Monday morning, ready to take pictures of tire tracks or collect other evidence of the theft, but there wasn’t much to find, Woodson said.

Sheriff’s investigators say they have no suspects or leads in the case.

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