Following a complaint, GNR police went to the scene where they caught a couple carrying "about 60 kilos of stolen carobs" as well as transport material. The vehicle used in the theft was also seized. The detainees have already been identified and the case went to the Lagos Judicial Court.

The GNR "reinforced policing and supervision regarding the carob harvest and trade", during the harvest period, in order to prevent "carob theft crimes".

Growing problem

In August, several infractions have been reported in relation to carobs. Carob is a fruit that has seen its price increase in the last 10 years, and can be sold at between 40 and 50 euros per arroba, which corresponds to 15 kilos of product.

Carob seeds are used in the food industry, as well as in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.