A man was arrested in Central California on Friday for stealing roughly 21 tons, or 42,000 pounds, of pistachios from a local agricultural company.
The Touchstone Pistachio Company, operating in the state’s San Joaquin Valley, ran a routine audit earlier this month when they discovered they were missing tons of the nuts.
The company contacted authorities and an investigation began on Thursday. The next day, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department said leads in Fresno and Kern County helped detectives find a tractor trailer with the nuts inside had been moved from a Montemayor Trucking company lot in the city of Delano to another nearby lot.
Turns out the lost pistachios, “were being moved from 2,000 pound sacks into smaller bags for re-sale,” according to the sheriff’s department.
After finding the stashed pistachios, police located and arrested 34-year-old Alberto Montemayor of Montemayor Trucking.
The sheriff’s department said the stolen pistachios were returned to the Touchstone Pistachio Company. Anyone with more information about the incident is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.
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