When policemen take the oath, “To Protect and to Serve,” they typically don’t think that it will be oranges they’re protecting. However, in this case, it was exactly four tons of oranges that were recovered by officers in Spain. Suspicious driving alerted them to the problem and, after a short chase, three cars filled with oranges and their drivers were apprehended.

The suspects claimed that they were “coming from very far away and had been stopping and collecting oranges along the way.” After failing to present proper permits for transporting fruit and receiving word about the theft of shipment of oranges in a nearby town, the couple and their three sons were immediately arrested by the policemen.

While it may sound bizarre, this is actually quite a common occurrence in their country. When fruit prices rise, shipments start to disappear. It’s not yet clear how the family will be charged for their crime. In the meantime, if you live in Spain, keep a close eye on all your citrus.

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