FABENS, Texas (KFOX14) — Deputies arrested two teens for stealing pecans, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
It happened Thursday when deputies responded to a disturbance call in the 600 block of S. Fabens in Fabens, Texas.
Deputies said the owner of the property advised deputies that two individuals had entered their property and took pecans without their permission.
Carlos Pargas, 18, and Leonardo Gomez, age 18, were taken into custody and booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility for theft under $100.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office released the following statement on Monday.
For decades, the Upper and Lower Valleys have been producing bumper crops of pecans using water from the Rio Grande. It is currently estimated the annual production is around 30 million pounds. This results in an estimated yearly economic stimulus to our local economy of approximately $75 million. Each year, when harvest time approaches, individuals trespass into privately owned orchards from nearby roadways and steal as many pecans as they can carry. This results in an estimated loss to our local economy of about $1.5 million per year.
Pecans are the livelihood of many hardworking farmers in our county and these thefts impact them, their families, and their employees who work year round to produce a successful crop.
In light of the recent arrests of Carlos Martin Pargas and Leonardo Gomez, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is urging people to not remove pecans without the consent of the owner. This would include those pecans that fall onto the public right-of-way.
This year, as in other years, deputies will be on the lookout for individuals taking pecans without consent. People who are caught will be arrested and charged with the appropriate crimes to include theft.