TULARE COUNTY (CBS13) — 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 says, during a routine audit recently, the Touchstone Pistachio Company discovered that thousands of pounds of pistachios had gone missing. The department’s ag crimes unit was then alerted to investigate the theft.READ MORE: Sudden Death Of 10-Year-Old Boy Who Had COVID-19 Leaves Elk Grove Family With Questions
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Detectives also discovered that the stolen pistachios were being moved into smaller bags that were then being re-sold.
It’s unclear how much product had been moved, but deputies returned the remaining nuts back to the Touchstone Pistachio Company.MORE NEWS: Woodland Bar Shuts Down After Maskless, Unvaccinated Customers Infect Staff With COVID-19
One man, 34-year-old Alberto Montemayor, was arrested. He has been booked into Tulare County Jail.