Thieves Stole $1K Worth of Super Smelly Fruit

Hawaii police looking for thieves who took durian, other types of fruit
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 17, 2020 1:32 PM CST
Police Searching for Thieves Who Took Lots of Smelly Fruit
This Sept. 3, 2019, file photo shows durians for sale in Bangkok.   (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

You might be able to smell these thieves coming: Police in Hawaii are investigating the theft of fruit valued at about $1,000, and the haul includes durian, which is known for its powerful odor. Two men entered a property in Hilo on the Big Island and removed 18 durian and other types of fruit on the night of Feb. 1, the Hawaii Police Department said. Authorities released a surveillance camera image of two suspects and asked the public for additional information that could lead to the capture of the fruit bandits, per the AP. The tropical, spiky durian fruit resembles a small porcupine and typically weighs from 2 to 7 pounds.

Durian is known for a pale yellow flesh with a sweet taste but a smell that has been compared to moldy cheese, rotten onions, dead fish, and far worse. Durian is popular across Southeast Asia but also is commonly banned from hotel rooms and public transportation there. The smell of rotting durian in a cupboard was mistaken for a gas leak and prompted an evacuation of a library at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia in April 2018.

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