A suspect has been arrested after about 42,000 pounds of pistachios were stolen from a Central California farm this month.
The Tulare County Sheriff's Office said during a recent routine audit, the Touchstone Pistachio Company discovered that thousands of pounds of pistachios had gone missing.
On Friday, some leads helped detectives track a tractor-trailer with the stolen pistachios to a lot in Delano. Detectives also discovered that the stolen pistachios were being moved into smaller bags that were then being re-sold.
A black market pistachio ring? That's pretty nuts.
The suspect, 34-year-old Alberto Montemayor, has been charged with grand theft after stealing nearly $200,000 worth of pistachios, according to the New York Times. While most of the merchandise has been recovered, about one ton of the pistachios have yet to be accounted for.
A Truckload of Evidence: 42,000 Pounds of Pistachios Are Stolen in California [Eduardo Medina / The New York Times]
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