Coachella Valley traffic stop yields crop theft arrest

THERMAL, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities have taken a step toward squashing agricultural thefts in the Coachella Valley farming communities of Thermal, Mecca and Oasis.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department says deputies stopped a vehicle in Thermal on Wednesday and found 800 pounds (363 kilograms) of spaghetti squash that had been stolen from a nearby farm.

The 55-year-old driver was taken into custody for investigation of theft of agricultural products.

The department notes that the squash was confiscated.

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