With the prices of tomato touching the sky, it has become so precious that about 20 kg of the vegetable was allegedly stolen from a shop in Mahabubabad district, police said on Thursday.
Tomatoes are being sold at Rs 100 to Rs 120 per kg in the retail market depending on the city.
The incident took place in Dornakal Mandal on Wednesday night, they said.
The vegetable vendor said a tomato weighing 20 kgs and four other vegetables weighing about 35 kgs kept in two boxes in his shop were taken away by unidentified persons.
Based on a complaint, a theft case was registered and an investigation is on, they added.
Besides tomatoes, the prices of other vegetables are also on the rise in many states.