Aw nuts: California man busted over 42K pounds of stolen pistachios, cops say

Source: MEGA; Tulare County Sheriff's Department

Jun. 21 2021, Published 1:37 p.m. ET

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There is no word if he was salty after police cracked the case.

A California man faces charges after police say they busted him with 21 tons of stolen nuts.

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Throughout June, the Touchstone Pistachio Company reported to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department that roughly 42,000 pounds of pistachios were missing. The investigation into the missing nuts started on June 17.

Last week, the investigation led police to a tractor-trailer that was moved from the Montemayor Trucking lot to a nearby parking area, according to the sheriff’s department. The semi contained the stolen pistachios.

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The nuts were being moved from 2,000-pound sacks into small bags for resale, according to the department.

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Deputies arrested Alberto Montemayor, of the trucking company, in connection with the stolen pistachios.

The rest of the missing nuts were returned to the Touchstone Company, police say.


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